I remember almost a year ago after the tragic Dark Knight shooting in Colorado, producer Harvey Weinstein came out and said that he’d be interested in having some sort of discussion with filmmakers about violence in movies. I don’t think that conversation ever happened, and I don’t know that anything would have come of it, but when tragedies happen people tend to– at least momentarily– look for and long for answers. A few months after the Colorado shooting, the Sandy Hook massacre occurred and similar questions about violence in media, and mental health in America came about. Jim Carrey is a known advocate of gun control and has come out to publicly denounce his new movie Kick-Ass 2, saying that he cannot support the level of violence in the highly-anticipated sequel, especially after the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Click inside to learn more.
Vulture has the story:
Perhaps having just gotten around to watching the Kick-Ass 2 trailer, Jim Carrey tweeted some reservations on Sunday evening. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote. “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 Kick-Ass comics as well as executive producer of the films, almost immediately shared a lot of thoughts on his website. Millar was ecstatic for Carrey — “an actor like no other, an unpredictable force of nature who brings a layered warmth and humanity to his work as well as that unstoppable energy” — to join the film, and praises Carrey’s performance as Col. Stars and Stripes. But the writer is confused by Carrey’s sudden change of heart.
As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago. … Like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence (even though I’m Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it’s the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation. Ironically, Jim’s character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place. 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. … Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider for all the above points. You’re amazing in this insanely fun picture and I’m very proud of what Jeff, Matthew and all the team have done here.
This is really interesting and I’m wondering how it will all turn out.
Does it make sense to y’all that Jim Carrey would want to speak out against the movie? Or do you think the director’s argument is more compelling? I’m inclined to agree with Millar, especially on his thoughts about the relationship between on-screen violence and massacres like what took place at Sandy Hook: ‘I’ve never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life.‘ Of all the things that cause people to commit mass murder, I just don’t think movies like Kick-Ass or The Dark Knight Rises are responsible in any real way. But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to hear what you guys think.
I do have to say, I’m glad Jim Carrey is at least speaking out and reminding people that Sandy Hook did happen and there should still be great concern for what we as a society can do to stop these tragedies from becoming the norm.