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Jim Carrey Decries Upcoming 'Kick-Ass 2' via Twitter: "I Cannot Support That Level of Violence"

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! June 25, 2013 at 2:25PM

Comic actor Jim Carrey has recently fallen under siege after taking to task via Twitter his new film "Kick-Ass 2," in which he stars as a crime-fighting vigilante. He tweeted that he regrets his involvement in the violent film in the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.
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Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey has recently fallen under siege after taking to task via Twitter his new film "Kick-Ass 2," in which he stars as a crime-fighting vigilante. He tweeted that he regrets his involvement in the violent film in the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

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

Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes in 'Kick-Ass 2.'
Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes in 'Kick-Ass 2.'

Controversy erupted following the missive. On his own website, "Kick-Ass 2" producer Mark Millar wrote the following: "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."

Carrey's followers also had a thing or two to say, criticizing the actor for making the announcement only after the film was completed and -- according to them -- after he received compensation, though Carrey allegedly refuses to promote the film. According to a Fox News article, Carrey may have violated a publicity clause in his contract for the film.

Carrey is just one of many actors to bash their own films in retrospect, including Kate Winslet for "Titanic," Alec Guinness for "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" and Woody Allen regarding his 1979 classic "Manhattan." 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.