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The upcoming comedy "Kick-Ass 2" is facing criticism from actor and star of the movie Jim Carrey. The gun control advocate said in the aftermath of the Newtown school shootings, he believes the movie is too violent.
Carrey sent a series of tweets Sunday, saying, "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to .... others involve [sic] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."
For the most part, Hollywood has gotten a pass on gun control, including from President Barack Obama, who has had no problem taking the gun industry to task.
"The name of the movie is "Kick-Ass." This is "Kick-Ass 2" in case you didn't get the message in the first "Kick Ass," so it's sort of surprising he didn't realize that's what this movie does. It kicks butt. People's butts will be kicked," said The Wall Street Journal's Christopher J. Farley.
The creator of the comic series the movies are based upon released a statement saying he respects Carrey's opinion, but is shocked by the announcement, and notes that Carrey knew full well what the movie was about.
"Like Jim I'm horrified by real life violence, but "Kick-Ass 2" isn't a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production," Mark Millar said in the statement.
The first "Kick Ass" movie explored the violent images and violent things that kids are forced to go through in society, rather than trying to exploit the kids themselves through the cinematic process, said Farley. One of the stars of the movie, Chloë Grace Moretz, played a hit girl and was only 11 at the time of the first movie. Moretz's character used a lot of rough language, and was involved in many violent scenes.
"If that didn't turn you off the movie, it's surprising that now that she's older and the characters have evolved, and the film [is] older, that suddenly the second movie would suddenly be something you have to draw the line on," said Farley.
It does not appear that Hollywood wants to go after Carrey for breach of contract, but that could change if he does not promote the movie.
"This may have been something that was very spontaneous on the part of Carrey. He may have a change of heart. I mean tweeting by its nature is something you do after dinner, after drinks, after whatever," said Farley.
"After he considers it, after he hears some people from the film, maybe after he hears from his lawyers, maybe he'll have a different view on whether "Kick-Ass 2" crossed the line," said Farley.