Bad news: Jim Carrey can no longer in good conscience support “Kick-Ass 2″ after Sandy Hook or something

posted at 11:21 am on June 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Gonna be a long day of sour immigration news, so let’s get a palate cleanser in early.

Alternate headline: “Public now really, really curious about level of violence in ‘Kick-Ass 2.’”

Two obvious responses. One: What did he think he was getting into? The first film featured a 12-year-old girl cutting people’s legs off while dropping the C-bomb, for cripes sake. And two: It’s make-believe, Jim. Make-believe that’s so far over-the-top, in fact, that it makes “The Mask” look like “Doing Time on Maple Drive.” Mark Millar, who wrote the “Kick-Ass” comic, hits ‘em both in his reply to Carrey:

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. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much. My books are very hardcore, but the movies are adapted for a more mainstream audience and if you loved the tone of the first picture you’re going to eat this up with a big, giant spoon. 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. Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie. Imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn’t packing or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn’t punching someone repeatedly in the face. Our audience is smart enough to know they’re all pretending and we should instead just sit back and enjoy the serotonin release of seeing bad guys meeting bad ends as much as we enjoyed seeing the Death Star exploding.

Sonny Bunch thinks Carrey’s post-Newtown crisis of conscience has less to do with sincere misgivings about the violence in “Kick-Ass 2″ than about spending weeks on end in promotional interviews being asked again and again and again why a gun-control crusader thinks it’s cool to star in a movie like this and why, if he’s so worried about children’s safety, we occasionally find him babbling about the evils of vaccination. Could be. We’ll know whether it’s a real change of heart if he ends up donating his pay for the movie, right? If he now believes that cartoon movie violence helped motivate Adam Lanza, then he’s taken a form of blood money. Best to disgorge and be clean again.

Here’s the trailer, which is now getting thousands of extra plays today thanks to Carrey’s attempt to un-promote the film. Looks like a fun goof on “Avengers”-type superhero extravaganzas. Exit question: How much gun violence is in this movie, precisely? Carrey’s character is waving around a gun at the end here, but I thought most of the blood spatter in “Kick-Ass” comes from people getting stabbed, karate-ed, and, er, bitten on the crotch by dogs. That’s what makes it cartoonish. Does that mean Carrey’s objection is to all forms of movie violence after Newtown, not just gun violence? If so, why?


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How can a guy who portrayed Andy Kauffman at one point, not understand the basic concept of subversion of type? From my understanding of his character (based only on previews, I’ll grant you), he’s the most ironic role in the film!

The Schaef on June 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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.

Dude, forget that change of heart, be ashamed instead, very ashamed.

The quality and content of films these days, that’s what’s shameful.

hawkeye54 on June 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Carrey is a hypocrite. A filthy rich hypocrite.

Blake on June 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I cannot with good conscience watch Jim Carrey after The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

portlandon on June 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Now if only the dude would decide never to do another movie, ever never ever.

Bishop on June 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Riiiiiight. Dude signs up for a sequel to a movie that featured an 11 year-old girl who slices up a bunch of baddies Kill Bill-style, gets the crap kicked out of her, drops F-bombs and even uses the C-word, and watches her own father gets burned alive in front of her….and NOW he suddenly has a moral objection to the content of the follow-up? Let me guess. He already cashed the check from the studio, correct?

Doughboy on June 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Ok. I’ll post it here too. Really can’t improve on it.

KMC1 on June 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Bad news: Jim Carrey can no longer in good conscience support “Kick-Ass 2″ after Sandy Hook or something

Don’t worry. I’m sure Mr. Carrey’s comfortable salary from the film (which I’m sure he didn’t return as part of his “protest”) will sooth his guilty conscience.

Kingfisher on June 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Exit question: How much gun violence is in this movie, precisely? Carrey’s character is waving around a gun at the end here, but I thought most of the blood spatter in “Kick-Ass” comes from people getting stabbed, karate-ed, and, er, bitten on the crotch by dogs.

Hit Girl slices people up, but her dad(played by Nick Cage) has a collection of guns that would make the NRA envious. And the climactic battle has Kick-Ass using a jetpack armed with two miniguns to take out a whole bunch of baddies in a highrise(ala Ahnuld in True Lies). So gunplay was a major element in the first movie. Jim Carrey is full of crap to act like he had was unaware of this when he signed onto the sequel.

Doughboy on June 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

So Carrey’s morality, his values, which drive his words and actions, are changed on the whim of some kid in Newtown, CT, a kid who was clearly very mentally disturbed. I don’t get it.

Paul-Cincy on June 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Returned the money yet, Jim?

rogerb on June 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I’m sure Mr. Carrey’s comfortable salary from the film (which I’m sure he didn’t return as part of his “protest”) will sooth his guilty conscience.

d

Yes. I’m expecting a tweet confirming his return of his income for the film. In his heart he really knows he can’t accept it.

/s

hawkeye54 on June 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

So will Jim Carrey return the salary that was paid to him?

Likely no.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Even countries that have pretty much banned guns like the UK and Australia are obsessed with guns in their movies and televisions shows.

Blake on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I am sure somebody cares. It’s just not me.

I’ve long given up on the irrelevant Hollywood movies and the even less relevant people who “act” in them. Their real life beliefs and foolish shenanigans make them nothing but another bunch of dishonest hypocritical liberals only interested in themselves and enforcing their personal beliefs on an entire society.

Marcus Traianus on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Does this mean Jim can’t support accepting any money from this role? Or is this just asuperficial rejection of violence n films?

parke on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Kudos to Mark Millar for his response. Well-reasoned and thought out. Something Carrey should consider before his next knee-jerk reaction to how he’s being perceived.

jennifernaz on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Carrey is a hypocrite. A filthy rich hypocrite.

He’s in good company. So is much of Hollywierd.

hawkeye54 on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

So he will be endorsing his movie paycheck over to the victims of Sandy Hook–is that right Jim? RIGHT?

hillsoftx on June 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Now if only the dude would decide never to do another movie, ever never ever.

Bishop on June 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

“The Mask” was very entertaining. With Cameron Diaz.

Paul-Cincy on June 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Are there royalties from DVDs and toy sales, Jim?

rogerb on June 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I see that I am not alone in my first thought.

parke on June 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Did I miss the part in his twitter where he said he can’t accept the millions he was paid to make the move in good conscience

jaywemm on June 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

If they made a movie based on Millar’s comic The Unfunnies… I think everyone, including Millar, would unpromote the film XD

Ukiah on June 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

“Liar, Liar”, and “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective”, both also great fun.

Paul-Cincy on June 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

…Carrey’s post-Newtown crisis of conscience has less to do with sincere misgivings about the violence in “Kick-Ass 2″ than about spending weeks on end in promotional interviews being asked again and again and again why a gun-control crusader thinks it’s cool to star in a movie like this…

Bingo. The thrashing he received about this on Twitter after he dropped “Cold, Dead Hand” was pretty relentless. He’s trying to save face.

…or trying to promote his movie:

Here’s the trailer, which is now getting thousands of extra plays today thanks to Carrey’s attempt to un-promote the film.

Kind of a “don’t do this cool thing” (TVtropes) or a modern version of old movie (can’t remember the title) that claimed to be so scary that “doctors” were at showings in case viewers had heart attacks.

Sockpuppet Politic on June 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Or is this just asuperficial rejection of violence n films?
 
parke on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

 
It’s a rejection of violence until his next multi-million dollar violent role.
 
(Honestly I think it’s more an attempt to get some rampant publicity for what seems to be turning into a has-been career.)

rogerb on June 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

GREAT way to promote the movie, right Jimmy?

GarandFan on June 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Guy has second thoughts on a movie script but is too clueless to rethink this piece of dreck:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-carrey/the-judgment-on-vaccines_b_189777.html
from 2009-

Guy’s a moron and a clown….

marks on June 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Love the first film. However, this discription of Carrey’s character makes me expect a HUGE suckerpunch in the second film.

Ironically, Jim’s character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM

You shamefule cyber-bullies….making fun of Jim Carey’s intellect is like beating up a weakling….

Deafdog on June 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM

First Kick Ass was so entertaining. Looking forward to the second!

blatantblue on June 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Like I was going to see it anyway or care what he thinks? He’s a tool. ‘Nuf said.

GeeWhiz on June 24, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Go F yourself Jim.

Polish Rifle on June 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

(Honestly I think it’s more an attempt to get some rampant publicity for what seems to be turning into a has-been career.)

rogerb on June 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Maybe, but why not just shut his hole and let the movie itself reignite his career? If it’s as big a hit as the first one, he’ll get plenty of offers.

Doughboy on June 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Who?

MadisonConservative on June 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Well Jimbo, I hope you return the money you made from the film if you feel so badly about it.

Better yet, donate all of the money you made from the film and donate it to the Newtown families.

Put your money where your mouth is.

Lance Murdock on June 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Carrey lives in a cartoon world, so yes, he does think cartoon movies have real world implications.

He’s a cartoon liberal who goes home to his looney tunes wife in their cartoon mansion that’s so over the top no one would think it’s real. And they stand on a podium and incite real life people into believing cartoon theories about vaccines harming children.

So yes, it’s somewhat ridiculous for anyone to question his sincerity in believing in cartoon worlds with real world implications.

ButterflyDragon on June 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Just some more libtalk hypocrisy.

davidk on June 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Awwww, to be worth million’s and be as big of idiot..what a life.

right2bright on June 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Carrey’s career sinking faster than Rubio’s?

mjbrooks3 on June 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Gee, you would think that someone who is a “passionate advocate of gun control” would relish the chance to speak of it time and time again, while also explaining why Hollywood has no skin in the game due to entertainment being the artful depictions of current society, especially the bad. He’s just lazy and wonders if the all publicity is good theory applies here. Besides, he has probably gotten paid so why does he give a flying flip how the movie does?

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM

It’s a lead pipe cinch that if Hollywood has a born again Christian character it will not be a sympathetic portrayal.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

LOOOOHOOOOSERRRR!

/Ace

Christien on June 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Give the money back?
Hahahaha.
Liberals are the stingiest, most money-obsessed, stupid, self-absorbed (yet totally un-self-aware), hypocrites on the planet*.

*This planet, for any libs that might be reading.

justltl on June 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

FWIW, his imdb StarMeter is down 44 points this week.

CAN YOU FEEL THAT, BUDDY?! HUH?! HUH?! *pelvic thrust*

Christien on June 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

(Honestly I think it’s more an attempt to get some rampant publicity for what seems to be turning into a has-been career.)
 
rogerb on June 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

 
Maybe, but why not just shut his hole and let the movie itself reignite his career? If it’s as big a hit as the first one, he’ll get plenty of offers.
 
Doughboy on June 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

 
He’s trying to revive his “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” success.
 
(That is to be read slowly and carefully.)

rogerb on June 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

“Doing Time on Maple Drive” reference – my digital day is complete. Good job AP, enjoy some pi on me – +3.14

King B on June 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

CAN YOU FEEL THAT, BUDDY?! HUH?! HUH?! *pelvic thrust*

Christien on June 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Hahahahaha!!!11!!

justltl on June 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

(And three to five times if applicable.)

rogerb on June 24, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Carrey’s career sinking faster than Rubio’s?

mjbrooks3 on June 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I have no idea if he’s getting job offers. But I kind of suspect directors want you to promote their film, not badmouth it, and future employers won’t look kindly on that. Even, maybe especially, Hollywood lefties.

Fenris on June 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

There was a kick ass 1?

pat on June 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

That’s okay Jim, I’d rather to watch the Man of Steel again anyway.

jawkneemusic on June 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

There was a kick ass 1?

pat on June 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Exactly, I guess it’s only people that get their news from MSLSD that enjoy that tripe.

Hollyweird indeed.

kirkill on June 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I said it on the headline thread.

Jimbo why not put your money where your mouth is; donate all of your proceeds and salary from the movie to build Sandy Hook Elemantary a new school.

D-fusit on June 24, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Your move Jimmy

D-fusit on June 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I’d kind of like to go against type here and say something kind about Jim Carrey.

So…

He’s better than Pauly Shore.

trigon on June 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Bad news: the “Dumb and Dumber” sequel has been canceled. I suppose Carrey has to go the politics route to salvage his declining popularity, at least with colleagues and media.

rickv404 on June 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I’d kind of like to go against type here and say something kind about Jim Carrey.

So…

He’s better than Pauly Shore.

trigon on June 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Which isn’t really that much of achievement.

hawkeye54 on June 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I wonder if he gets part of the gross? This controversy will goose attendance if it becomes a big story. Maybe it’s deliberate. I hate how cynical I’ve become.

juliesa on June 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

The original “Kick Ass” movie was a riot. Nicholas Cage’s impersonation of Adam West was hysterical. The fight scenes with Hit Girl were incredibly funny in a morbid way. Kick Ass 2 will suck every bit as much as “Caddy Shack 2″ sucked. You couldn’t pay me to go to the theater for this piece of crap. Hollywood has been out of ideas for years now. Save your money, folks.

olesparkie on June 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Give all the money and residuals you make off it to the charity of my choice.

albill on June 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

hawkeye54 on June 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

You got that, huh?

;-)

trigon on June 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Any chance that Canada or whatever rat hole he hails from wants him back?

IlikedAUH2O on June 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

All I want to know from this crazy-azz has-been is: when is he going to stop endorsing ‘The Grinch’ … he stole little Cindy Lou Hoo Christmas presents and made his dog a slave!

RedManBlueState on June 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

It’s not like HIS OWN PEOPLE hit by major flooding in Calgary could use the money or anything.

Christien on June 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Also of note, he expressed his personal regrets but thumbs up for everybody else involved in making the picture. He also didn’t blast the picture itself, meaning go ahead and see it, just make sure you know I feel really bad, deep down in my sorry heart.

Jim, do you know how to suck an orange? Go for it.

IndieDogg on June 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Allah, you contention that movies are make believe and are therefore harmless isn’t really accurate. First of all, virtually everything we see and read these days is “make believe”. Republicans pretended to care about our national sovereignty but are now selling us out to foreign nationals who have broken our laws.

Every piece of sensory input we receive has an impact on us whether we know it or not. That is why advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry and that is how politicians literally get away with murder. They “sell” us on something using rhetoric. Millions of impressions of violence can have the effect of desensitizing us to it and making it look not only harmless, but exhilarating. The streets of the inner city are filled with children acting out these violent fantasies and real death is the result.

I am not for censorship, but to casually write this stuff off as being “make believe” is really not honest. 90% of the time, a good family upbringing can help offset the poor example the entertainment culture provides. However, in this day and age there are millions of kids who get no such guidance in the home. Their teachers ARE the rappers, entertainers, sports figures and movies.

echosyst on June 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Shut your mouth Carry. You are a piece of shit.

TX-96 on June 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

does it really matter what movies this no talent clown makes anyhow. Has he actually made a decent movie in years or actually performed in anyway that isn’t just carey mimicking carey?

tuttle from tacoma on June 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I’m guessing he’s going to keep the money, right?

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

if he really had a change of heart, it must be damn tough to live in his big house and have to look himself in the mirror everyday and know that everything about him is a hypocritcal joke

burserker on June 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Smells like a publicity stunt.

Because they know what an easy troll the media, and especially blogs, are.

Moesart on June 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Jim Carrey, why don’t you think about these kids…

Pics of the Day: Please Don’t Let Me Forget My Daddy’s Face

And, do it secretly. You should use your wealth for a good cause and stop using tragedies as platforms to garner press.

(By the way, luv, how’s that defamation suit going against Fox? Have you found a lawyer, who doesn’t believe that Sullivan applies to you? If not, I have one for you and he graduated from Harvard Law School…of Kinshasha Online, 1 Dirt Road, Suite #201 Thatched-Roof Strip Mall, the Democratic Republic of Congo. His name is nonpartisan NoBrain and he will definitely tell you that you’re not a public figure and have a slam dunk case against Fox for defamation because they quoted you verbatim.)

Resist We Much on June 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I am hardpressed to understand why I am supposed to care?

obsessedinga on June 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

“Even though I’m Scottish”?

Arnold Yabenson on June 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM

If he’s really sorry about it, give the money back.

JellyToast on June 24, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Dear Jim,

If you feel this badly, then donate your paycheck to Newtown.

xdwall on June 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

most of the blood spatter in “Kick-Ass” comes from people getting stabbed, karate-ed, and, er, bitten on the crotch by dogs

How about that? Just like real-life. Except for the dog thing.

More people killed by knives & by “hand” than with “assault” weapons.

taznar on June 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

echosyst on June 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Well said.

Cleombrotus on June 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Took him six months to have an attack of “conscience”? Well, that says a lot for his conscience I guess.

Tom C on June 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I’ll bet Jimmy hasn’t given the money back yet.

RJL on June 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

So he thinks Sandy Hook parents are going to go see this and cry “Oh no! This reminds me of the Sandy Hook killings! How could they!”

Nitwit.

CrustyB on June 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I can no longer in good conscience watch any movie star who thinks his status entitles him to preach his own politics to the rest of us. Especially when I haven’t liked any of his work anyway. I just feel more motivated. I hope his career dies.

flataffect on June 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

What a typical hypocritical liberal Jim Carrey is..I did see the first movie but won’t be seeing this because Carrey is on my boycott list..He’ll gladly get paid for this movie but also trash it at the same time..he is gladly taking his cake and eating it too

sadsushi on June 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Don’t worry. I’m sure Mr. Carrey’s comfortable salary from the film (which I’m sure he didn’t return as part of his “protest”) will sooth his guilty conscience.

Kingfisher on June 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

He cried all the way to the bank!

Kafir on June 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM