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Kick-Ass 2 cast and crew comment on Jim Carrey's anti-violence stance on the film

08.07.2013

Much has been said about Jim Carrey's sudden "change fo heart" in regards to his role in the upcoming sequel, KICK-ASS 2. The actor has taken to public forums like Twitter and voiced his opinion about the matter, stating that "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," but following up with "I meant to say my apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart." His statements sent a ripple throughout the media, but the effect may not have been exactly a negative one, as both writer Mark Millar, director Jeff Wadlow, and stars Chloe Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse give their take on the issue when asked about it.

Here's their take:

Ultimately, Jim Carrey has the right to do what he wants and can choose to support or renounce any film he's in (any chance he could renounce MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS?). Other than saying he can't promote or support the film, he hasn't really done anything to boycott or stop it's release, so in the end, it's just an enigmatic (an E. Nygma, if you will) actor being himself. I think the implied "negative" publicity from Carrey will actually work in the film's favor, as Millar and Wadlow stated above, but it's a shame that he couldn't embrace the role, given the level of excitement everyone had for him taking it.

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8:42AM on 08/08/2013
BigGee- The purpose of guns is to make life easier, be it hunting, enforcing the law, or yes conquering your enemies. And there's nothing wrong with that. Look at the U.K. when they took guns away from everyone including the cops. Gun violence shot through the roof. Even here in the U.S. when gun restrictions get tighter, gun violence goes up. Gun violence is actually lower now than it's nearly ever been. But you hear more about it because the social media has an agenda. - See more at:
BigGee- The purpose of guns is to make life easier, be it hunting, enforcing the law, or yes conquering your enemies. And there's nothing wrong with that. Look at the U.K. when they took guns away from everyone including the cops. Gun violence shot through the roof. Even here in the U.S. when gun restrictions get tighter, gun violence goes up. Gun violence is actually lower now than it's nearly ever been. But you hear more about it because the social media has an agenda. - See more at: [link]sthash.WfPyglGn.dpuf
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9:08AM on 08/08/2013
"Look at the U.K. when they took guns away from everyone including the cops. Gun violence shot through the roof."

Um, no, it didn't. Google "gun deaths us uk". In 2011, the US had 10.3 gun deaths per 100 000 people. The figure for the UK in 2010 was 0.25 per 100 000 people and this is despite the fact that the UK is more densely populated than the US. Incidents of gun violence is high all over the US although in Hawaii it drops down to 3.2 deaths per 100 000 people (in 2010) probably
"Look at the U.K. when they took guns away from everyone including the cops. Gun violence shot through the roof."

Um, no, it didn't. Google "gun deaths us uk". In 2011, the US had 10.3 gun deaths per 100 000 people. The figure for the UK in 2010 was 0.25 per 100 000 people and this is despite the fact that the UK is more densely populated than the US. Incidents of gun violence is high all over the US although in Hawaii it drops down to 3.2 deaths per 100 000 people (in 2010) probably because it is harder to get guns from the mainland.
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12:32AM on 08/08/2013
Anyone surprised Carrey would say this doesn't know where the guy stands on violence. And, if the movie is anything like the comic, his character actually doesn't take part in nearly as much violence as the other characters. Considering what he likely filmed and that the final product was not entirely what he thought it would be, I'm not surprised he would be against the level of violence. But I am kind of surprised by how much people are taking this so overboard. It's not like Carrey is saying
Anyone surprised Carrey would say this doesn't know where the guy stands on violence. And, if the movie is anything like the comic, his character actually doesn't take part in nearly as much violence as the other characters. Considering what he likely filmed and that the final product was not entirely what he thought it would be, I'm not surprised he would be against the level of violence. But I am kind of surprised by how much people are taking this so overboard. It's not like Carrey is saying don't go see the movie, and it's not like he's saying that the movies sucks and he was ashamed to be apart of it. He simply thinks it's too violent. At least he has the guts to speak up for what he believes. That's more than I give credit for most of Hollywood, who, no matter how crappy a movie is, will prop it up. This certainly won't deter me from the film, as I loved the first film and the Kick Ass 2 comic, so, bring it on!
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10:55PM on 08/07/2013

The consequences for KICK-ASS 2?

Good. More people are talking about it, which means more people will likely go to theatres and watch it.

The consequences for Jim Carrey's career? Not so good. No one likes dealing with an actor who will turn on the project the way Carrey has.
Good. More people are talking about it, which means more people will likely go to theatres and watch it.

The consequences for Jim Carrey's career? Not so good. No one likes dealing with an actor who will turn on the project the way Carrey has.
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8:54PM on 08/07/2013

Good for Jim. Have you never had a change of heart with your job?

Even Hollywood actors have a change in heart towards a role they did, and let's face facts some pretty awful violent acts have happened in the last couple of months. We all have a change of heart over time, and so can Jim Carrey.
Even Hollywood actors have a change in heart towards a role they did, and let's face facts some pretty awful violent acts have happened in the last couple of months. We all have a change of heart over time, and so can Jim Carrey.
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8:46PM on 08/07/2013

Must be done

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8:30PM on 08/07/2013

Publicity stunt?

Am I the only one who feels this is all a big publicity stunt to further promote the movie?
Am I the only one who feels this is all a big publicity stunt to further promote the movie?
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3:31PM on 08/07/2013

w/e

who cares seriously,
who cares seriously,
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2:55PM on 08/07/2013
Probably some anti-violence girl he was trying to bang and she was dangling the goods for him and he had to either tweet or not get any. ;)
Probably some anti-violence girl he was trying to bang and she was dangling the goods for him and he had to either tweet or not get any. ;)
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12:27AM on 08/08/2013
You've obviously not heard Jim speak out against gun violence before.
You've obviously not heard Jim speak out against gun violence before.
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2:52PM on 08/07/2013

If Carrey really feels this way...

he should give the studio back his salary. Actors, getting paid millions to be hypocrites.
he should give the studio back his salary. Actors, getting paid millions to be hypocrites.
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6:16PM on 08/07/2013
Makes sense
Makes sense
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2:37PM on 08/07/2013
I'm glad that his stupidity has actually backfired and helped publicize this movie more than if he had just publicized it regularly. Way to go, Jim!
I'm glad that his stupidity has actually backfired and helped publicize this movie more than if he had just publicized it regularly. Way to go, Jim!
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2:21PM on 08/07/2013
Stanley Kubrick about Violence in films : There has always been violence in art.
There is violence in the Bible, violence in
Homer, violence in Shakespeare, and
many psychiatrists believe that it serves
as a catharsis rather than a model. I think
the question of whether there has been an
increase in screen violence and, if so,
what effect this has had, is to a very great
extent a media-defined issue. I know there
are well-intentioned people who sincerely
believe that films and TV
Stanley Kubrick about Violence in films : There has always been violence in art.
There is violence in the Bible, violence in
Homer, violence in Shakespeare, and
many psychiatrists believe that it serves
as a catharsis rather than a model. I think
the question of whether there has been an
increase in screen violence and, if so,
what effect this has had, is to a very great
extent a media-defined issue. I know there
are well-intentioned people who sincerely
believe that films and TV contribute to
violence, but almost all of the official
studies of this question have concluded
that there is no evidence to support this
view. At the same time, I think the media
tend to exploit the issue because it allows
them to display and discuss the so-called
harmful things from a lofty position of
moral superiority. But the people who
commit violent crime are not ordinary
people who are transformed into vicious
thugs by the wrong diet of films or TV.
Rather, it is a fact that violent crime is
invariably committed by people with a
long record of anti-social behaviour, or by
the unexpected blossoming of a
psychopath who is described afterward
as having been '...such a nice, quiet boy,'
but whose entire life, it is later realized, has
been leading him inexorably to the terrible
moment, and who would have found the
final ostensible reason for his action if not
in one thing then in another. In both
instances immensely complicated social,
economic and psychological forces are
involved in the individual's criminal
behaviour. The simplistic notion that films
and TV can transform an otherwise
innocent and good person into a criminal
has strong overtones of the Salem witch
trials. This notion is further encouraged by
the criminals and their lawyers who hope
for mitigation through this excuse. I am
also surprised at the extremely illogical
distinction that is so often drawn between
harmful violence and the so-called
harmless violence of, say, "Tom and
Jerry" cartoons or James Bond movies,
where often sadistic violence is presented
as unadulterated fun. I hasten to say, I
don't think that they contribute to violence
either. Films and TV are also convenient
whipping boys for politicians because
they allow them to look away from the
social and economic causes of crime,
about which they are either unwilling or
unable to do anything.
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7:26PM on 08/07/2013
I couldnt be assed reading your whole post, but I will thumbs up as it is Kubrick and that is enough for me!!! :P
I couldnt be assed reading your whole post, but I will thumbs up as it is Kubrick and that is enough for me!!! :P
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2:17PM on 08/07/2013
If he feels so strong about this then why not give the money he was paid for doing the movie to an anti violence group? Ask him that let's see how strong he feels towards it then.
If he feels so strong about this then why not give the money he was paid for doing the movie to an anti violence group? Ask him that let's see how strong he feels towards it then.
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2:34PM on 08/07/2013
Beautifully put!!!
Beautifully put!!!
10:49PM on 08/07/2013
Carrey took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11, and donated $1 million to the cause.
Carrey took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11, and donated $1 million to the cause.
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1:42PM on 08/07/2013
Something that has perplexed me about this whole thing is why didn't Jim Carrey feel this way after the shooting in Colorado during The Dark Knight Rises showing? I mean, he signed on for this movie after that event, you would think that that event would be the one to deter him from violent films.
Something that has perplexed me about this whole thing is why didn't Jim Carrey feel this way after the shooting in Colorado during The Dark Knight Rises showing? I mean, he signed on for this movie after that event, you would think that that event would be the one to deter him from violent films.
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1:36PM on 08/07/2013

Hmmmm

Its fine for him to have a change of heart we all get touched by a tradegy which makes us view the world in a different way. Will it affect his future roles will be the question. Having read the comics I must admit there is some stuff in it which in light of the recent media events will be particularly hard to watch if they have included it in the film.
Its fine for him to have a change of heart we all get touched by a tradegy which makes us view the world in a different way. Will it affect his future roles will be the question. Having read the comics I must admit there is some stuff in it which in light of the recent media events will be particularly hard to watch if they have included it in the film.
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1:08PM on 08/07/2013
Guns dont kill people, people kill people, take for instance the guy in the car who mowed down 11 people I think, what they gonna do outlaw cars? Admittedly its not as easy as using a gun, but if anyone has the urge to kill they will do it weather they have a gun or not. I think people are too quick to blame guns when ultimately the problem is much deeper. EG Lack of education, social engineering
Guns dont kill people, people kill people, take for instance the guy in the car who mowed down 11 people I think, what they gonna do outlaw cars? Admittedly its not as easy as using a gun, but if anyone has the urge to kill they will do it weather they have a gun or not. I think people are too quick to blame guns when ultimately the problem is much deeper. EG Lack of education, social engineering
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1:40PM on 08/07/2013
Well not to be picky or anything but a car's main function is to get someone from point A to point B. Whereas a gun's main function is to get someone from above ground to six feet under. So that's where I'd say your argument is slightly shaky, even though I respect it of course.
Well not to be picky or anything but a car's main function is to get someone from point A to point B. Whereas a gun's main function is to get someone from above ground to six feet under. So that's where I'd say your argument is slightly shaky, even though I respect it of course.
10:50PM on 08/07/2013
People with guns kill people.
People with guns kill people.
8:41AM on 08/08/2013
BigGee- The purpose of guns is to make life easier, be it hunting, enforcing the law, or yes conquering your enemies. And there's nothing wrong with that. Look at the U.K. when they took guns away from everyone including the cops. Gun violence shot through the roof. Even here in the U.S. when gun restrictions get tighter, gun violence goes up. Gun violence is actually lower now than it's nearly ever been. But you hear more about it because the social media has an agenda.
BigGee- The purpose of guns is to make life easier, be it hunting, enforcing the law, or yes conquering your enemies. And there's nothing wrong with that. Look at the U.K. when they took guns away from everyone including the cops. Gun violence shot through the roof. Even here in the U.S. when gun restrictions get tighter, gun violence goes up. Gun violence is actually lower now than it's nearly ever been. But you hear more about it because the social media has an agenda.
10:18AM on 08/08/2013
People with guns dont always kill people they may hunt or do it purely for sport. I have a bow that i use for sport. I havent killed anyone ' yet' . i understand that the purpose of the instruments are to target something. But i personally think that any person who is driven to take a life has serious issues other than being able to get hold of a gun. Anyone who has a lack of respect for human life has serious problems anyway and will use any instrument that they can get their hands on.
People with guns dont always kill people they may hunt or do it purely for sport. I have a bow that i use for sport. I havent killed anyone ' yet' . i understand that the purpose of the instruments are to target something. But i personally think that any person who is driven to take a life has serious issues other than being able to get hold of a gun. Anyone who has a lack of respect for human life has serious problems anyway and will use any instrument that they can get their hands on.
1:02PM on 08/07/2013
Carrey went overboard this time. He acted all high and mighty but never gave up his salary for this movie to help out families of those who were killed by guns. Maybe if he did that people would actually take him seriously on this issue.
Carrey went overboard this time. He acted all high and mighty but never gave up his salary for this movie to help out families of those who were killed by guns. Maybe if he did that people would actually take him seriously on this issue.
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12:14PM on 08/07/2013
I respect what Jim Carrey is saying. he cares. Sandy Hook shocked us all. He knew what he was getting into, but the idea that a looney would just go and slaughter an entire school of innocent kids can have a profound effect. Let's just see if he goes the rest of his acting career without brandishing a weapon. Kick-Ass bothered me with its violence and the adult behavior of Hit Girl. Maybe in light of Sandy Hook, none of this seems fun nor funny to Jim Carrey. And that is understandable.
I respect what Jim Carrey is saying. he cares. Sandy Hook shocked us all. He knew what he was getting into, but the idea that a looney would just go and slaughter an entire school of innocent kids can have a profound effect. Let's just see if he goes the rest of his acting career without brandishing a weapon. Kick-Ass bothered me with its violence and the adult behavior of Hit Girl. Maybe in light of Sandy Hook, none of this seems fun nor funny to Jim Carrey. And that is understandable.
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1:00PM on 08/07/2013
It is just a movie. You don't put your career on hold because of some idiot with a gun who killed some people. If he really cared he would put his Kick Ass 2 salary towards a charity helping those families. But he didn't.
It is just a movie. You don't put your career on hold because of some idiot with a gun who killed some people. If he really cared he would put his Kick Ass 2 salary towards a charity helping those families. But he didn't.
12:13PM on 08/07/2013
There must be so much hot air coming out of that house with Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy.
There must be so much hot air coming out of that house with Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy.
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1:28PM on 08/07/2013
They separated a few years ago.
They separated a few years ago.
3:17PM on 08/07/2013
Yeah. I'm guessing they are still in the same space with each other every once in a while.
Yeah. I'm guessing they are still in the same space with each other every once in a while.
12:06PM on 08/07/2013

You still got paid

I respect Carrey's right to change his mind about gun violence and not wanting to be hypocritical and appearing in a violent film, but he still got paid and that includes press for the film. I think it would look better than just accepting the paycheck if he would take his earnings for the movie current or future and establish some scholarships for children of victims of gun violence.
I respect Carrey's right to change his mind about gun violence and not wanting to be hypocritical and appearing in a violent film, but he still got paid and that includes press for the film. I think it would look better than just accepting the paycheck if he would take his earnings for the movie current or future and establish some scholarships for children of victims of gun violence.
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12:05PM on 08/07/2013
I don't think it's going to hurt the film but I'm not sure how well it reflects on Carrey, seeing how the first movie was violent and the graphic novels even more so. I think people will still walk away talking about his performance in the flick, looks like he's going to steal the show.
I don't think it's going to hurt the film but I'm not sure how well it reflects on Carrey, seeing how the first movie was violent and the graphic novels even more so. I think people will still walk away talking about his performance in the flick, looks like he's going to steal the show.
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12:02PM on 08/07/2013
Sandy Hook was the first time Jim Carrey became aware of gun violence.
Sandy Hook was the first time Jim Carrey became aware of gun violence.
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1:39AM on 08/08/2013
He conveniently ignored Columbine, Virginia Tech and all the other mass shootings that have occurred in the last 15 years. Sandy Hook is the only one to get his attention? What a pile of BS.
I don't hear him offering to write a check to the studio paying back the portion of his salary that is intended for promotional appearances. Hypocrite.
He conveniently ignored Columbine, Virginia Tech and all the other mass shootings that have occurred in the last 15 years. Sandy Hook is the only one to get his attention? What a pile of BS.
I don't hear him offering to write a check to the studio paying back the portion of his salary that is intended for promotional appearances. Hypocrite.
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