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Was Jim Carrey On To Something? Universal Exec Says 'Kick-Ass 2' Is "Irreverant, Dark And Often Offensive"

by Charlie Schmidlin
June 26, 2013 9:16 AM
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The release of “Man of Steel” has incited quite the debate over destruction and character motivation (Max Landis recently weighed in on the matter), but “Kick-Ass 2” looks to cloud it out two months before it opens with a growing case of mis-portrayal. The comic book sequel came under scrutiny this week when one of its stars, Jim Carrey, denounced the film's violence and withdrew his support for its release, and following a shocked response by creator Mark Millar, the studio behind the film has now offered their take.

At the Barcelona-set CineEurope, the executive vice president of marketing at Universal, Simon Hewlett, showed footage from “Kick Ass 2” to exhibitors; while he failed to properly address Carrey's Twitter comments, he did say the film is “irreverant, dark and often offensive,” and also a “bigger, badder, more ballsy adventure.”

"I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," Carrey's original tweet read. "My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart." 

All of which is to say, Carrey's withdrawal is strictly personal, and not a judgment of how faithful the film adaptation is to the comic -- a point that Millar touched on in his blog post. “I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago,” he said. "Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called 'Kick-Ass 2' really has to do what” it says on the tin.”

So, buzz-building hoopla or ground for actual concern? Either way, we'll have to wait until August 16th to see to the accuracy of the swirl of comments put forth thus far. [via Yahoo Movies]

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  • Cornelius | June 27, 2013 8:48 PMReply

    "So, buzz-building hoopla or ground for actual concern?"

    Actual concern? Concern for what? It's a movie.

  • Matthew miller | June 27, 2013 12:50 PMReply

    I will never see one of his movies again.

  • Tyler Mason | June 26, 2013 11:59 PMReply

    Jim Carrey rallied to stop parents from vaccinating their kids with his ex-wife and has never recanted. He has used his fame to "educate" parents about his completely unsupported belief that vaccinations cause autism. So he can't support the satirical message of violence in a film he made, which may or may not have an infinitesimal chance of contributing to some lunatic's choice to do real harm to others. However, he can can openly convey a direct message to parents that they should not vaccinate their kids, which is very likely to cause at least a few of those parents to take his advice and, in turn, cause some of their children to contract preventable diseases (Polio, Meningitis, Hep B, HPV, Tetanus, the flu etc) from which they may very well get sick and die. He has no right to turn a bunch of dead children into his personal soapbox, when he has probably contributed more to the actual physical harm of kids than this movie ever could.

  • Meals | June 26, 2013 9:38 PMReply

    I agree with Lars. It's one thing to come out and make a statement like that now he's shot the film and gotten paid. Marketing and press is also a big part of the actor's job. If Carrey feels so strongly, he ought to DO something. He should not profit from something he now feels so strongly against.

  • FU | June 26, 2013 2:03 PMReply

    I wouldn't be surprised if this was planned.

    Carrey get's to maintain his somewhat clean persona, and KA2 get's scandal publicity.

    I won't be seeing it because the comics are some of the most poorly written drivel that I've ever read.

  • js | June 26, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    I'm baffled by Millar's comment: "“I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago” when Carey said he had a change of heart since Sandy Hook. A soulless franchise, indeed, and a sad, stupid one.

  • SCOTT | June 26, 2013 12:26 PM

    This is his art and creation and he has a right to defend it to assholes like Jim carrey who make him feel like an an evil person for being creative.I hope Quentin tarantino heres about this and gives Jim shit.

  • Scott | June 26, 2013 12:11 PM

    Jim Carrey thinks he is better than everybody else, What a stupid liberal asshole!

  • Glass | June 26, 2013 10:22 AMReply

    This is the epitome of a soulless franchise, and a person should truly reflect on their own priorities if they don't understand Carrey's decision. He may be a wackjob, but this is the most humanizing thing I've seen him do. Of course he knew about the level of violence in the movie when he shot it, but it's not unheard of for a horrible tragedy to lead a person to change their views.

  • SCOTT | June 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    He has no problem making money off it, but once it comes out he is going to make everybody that was involved with the film and the fans of the first one feel like complete and utter pieces of shit for being a part of it.He is soulless and mean spirited.

  • Lars | June 26, 2013 11:44 AM

    I don't like Kick-Ass and I agree that it's soulless and mean-spirited but it's a fantasy. Nobody could look at Millar's world and mistake it for reality. This is just self-aggrandizing, and it's also disrespectful to the filmmakers who have spent years of their lives working on the picture. I hope Carrey puts his money where his mouth is and donates his fee to the Sandy Hook families. Otherwise, I'm not impressed. Now, excuse me while I reflect on my own priorities.

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