Jim Carrey has expressed reservations about the level of violence in his next film Kick-Ass 2.
Carrey plays a “badass” called Colonel Stars And Stripes who joins forces with Aaron Johnson‘s Kick-Ass in the superhero sequel, which opens in cinemas on August 14. However, the actor has now used Twitter to share his doubts about the film’s content.
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
Carrey added in his next tweet: “I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
Mark Millar, creator of the original Kick-Ass comic books and an executive producer on the movies, has since responded to Carrey’s comments with a lengthy post on his website.
“Ultimately, this is his decision, but I’ve never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real-life,” he wrote, before adding later in his post: “Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider… You’re amazing in this insanely fun picture.”
Based on Millar’s comic book, the first Kick-Ass film told the story of an ordinary teenager who reinvents himself as a real-life superhero. When it opened in cinemas in 2010, Kick-Ass wasn’t a huge box office success, but it’s since built a strong following on DVD and Blu-ray.
Director Jeff Wadlow shot the sequel in Toronto between September and November last year (2012). Alongside Carrey and Johnson, it stars Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo and former Scrubs actor Donald Faison. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.