Jim Carrey has withdrawn support for Kick Ass 2, a film he plays a significant starring role in, for being "too violent" following the Sandy Hook massacre.
The film star has become well-known for his outspoken support of gun control measures, in the wake of gunman Adam Lanza's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. But this sudden change of heart has caused some confusion amongst film fans and the creators alike.
On Sunday, he tweeted: "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 involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."
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
Original creator of the Kick Ass comic book & Executive Producer to Kick Ass 2, Scotsman Mark Millar, said he was "baffled" by Carrey's decision, asking him to reconsider on his blog.
"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 …
"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, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless bodycount of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence … Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action movie."
Kick Ass 2 will be released in UK cinemas on 14th August, and 16th August in the US.
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