Jim Carrey stars in Kick-Ass 2 as Colonel Stars and Stripes. The character (an amalgam of two characters from the comics), after working for the first film's mob boss, is heavily against guns... but that doesn't stop him from taking down bad guys using a baseball bat and a well-trained dog.
However, the actor, six months after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, has decided that his role in the violence of the film is something he "cannot support," as he announced with two tweets on his personal twitter account Sunday.
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
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.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
It's far from Carrey's first outspokenness about real-life violence: he is vehemently anti-gun and has been for some time. In fact, the majority of his twitter account since December has been about gun control and the tragedy. Of course, he also was tweeting about violence and gun control at least as far back as July 2012, four months before he "did Kick-Ass 2" according to his own timeline.
The violence within us is being fully exploited by the gun sellers in America.Let's end r addiction and entitlement to violence. #greedkills— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 23, 2012
So, writer and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar has responded to Carrey on his Millarworld website (Warning, Man of Steel spoilers at the end of the post), with an open letter that spends most of its time praising Carrey, his acting, and even his stance against real-world gun violence before getting to the disappointment in Carrey's turn against the film.
Millar writes, "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."
The consequences, if any, for Carrey have not been outlined yet. Many film contracts require actors to do media appearances and press tours supporting their movies, so this could lead to a loss of income for the actor. Millar and Kick-Ass 2 fans and supporters have started internet campaigns for Carrey to donate his earnings from the movie to the survivors of the victims at Sandy Hook.
The character also appears in the third volume of the comic book, currently being published.