Movie stars often say stupid things; often about politics or hot button issues. The latest from Jim Carrey is a doozy. He apparently played a character named Colonel Stars and Stripes in the movie Kick-Ass 2. The character is a born-again ex-mobster.
Carrey has said that he had a change of heart about the movie, which opens in mid-August. He claims he isn’t on board with the violence in the film, especially after the Sandy Hook shooting. Over the weekend 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 e”
That was followed by this tweet: 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.”
What perplexes me is the fact that the first Kick-Ass film (based on the comic book series) was rather violent. Not to mention the fact that other shootings have happened before he started shooting this (take the one in Colorado at the Batman movie Dark Knight Rises, for example). Was Carrey not aware of these shootings? Is it just the Sandy Hook shooting that got to him? What about other violence in films, that don’t involve guns? Is he also against that? Is he going to speak out regarding the violence in video games, which surely desensitizes kids a lot more than movies probably do.
Carrey has been outspoken when it comes to gun control, and I recall near the end of March, a video he posted online where he sings a country style song called Cold Dead Hand. It makes fun of gun owners and the NRA.
This all reminded me of actor Angus Jones, the kid from the TV show Two and a Half Men. He went on a website and told people not to watch the show because it was garbage. He said he was a Christian and the show went against his values. Jones quickly apologized a few days later. After the following season, he was no longer with the show.
Carrey isn’t telling people not to see the movie, but what does he expect statements like this will do when it comes to how the film does at the box office? There is some speculation that this is all for publicity to help the movie. I seriously doubt that. Kick-Ass was rather successful, and a second one is on track to be as well.
Mark Millar, the executive producer of Kick-Ass 2, responded in a blog post stating: “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 18 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. 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. Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie.”
I think Millar’s quote is great, except for the Harry Potter bit. That was goofy. Perhaps a better analogy would’ve been movies in the ‘70s, where Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson are shooting everything in sight, but people then were merely protesting that the heavy metal albums were making kids do bad things.
I think if Carrey continues on down this path, the studio should sue him and get a portion of his salary back. Perhaps Carrey can beat them to the punch. I’m guessing he makes around $8 million a movie. He can donate it all to a fund for the Sandy Hook victims. That would be putting his money where his mouth is. Heck, he can even keep a million of it for himself, for the work he actually did during that time, and give the victims the rest. It would be a great gesture, instead of the dopey things he’s saying about this movie and the role of violence in movies leading to violence in real life.
I wish Jim Carrey would’ve come out and told us not to see his last movie – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.