It's a role that will have earned him some serious pennies, but has spoken out against his upcoming comic book movie, Kick-Ass 2, on the basis of it's red-band violence.
According to Comicbook.com, Carrey Tweeted over the weekend that he could not support Kick-Ass 2's "level of violence" in the wake of last December's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The thesp, who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in 's sequel and is frequently seen putting down baddies with a baseball bat, guns, and an attack dog, revealed that:
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
Kick-Ass 2 co-creator has said that he is confused by Carrey's decision and, given that the actor was a big fan of the original Kick-Ass, the amount of violence in Kick-Ass 2 shouldn't really come as a shock to Carrey. Still, Carrey has riled up fans enough for a good chunk of them to call for the actor to give the money he earned on the movie to the Sandy Hook victims. If Carrey indeed feels that he cannot promote the movie in good conscience, then I guess he can't justifiably hold onto his earnings from the movie.
This, however, sounds to me like a clever marketing stunt. You don't bring attention to something you don't support, especially not with timing this perfect for the movie's August 16th release. What say y'all?