Jim Carrey is speaking out about his upcoming film Kick-Ass 2, and not in a good way.
Rather, the star is condemning it for its use of what he feels is excessive violence following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, last year.
“I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” the 51-year-old actor tweeted.
“I meant to say my apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
Comic book author Mark Millar, who also executive produced Kick-Ass 2, wrote a blog post following the tweets to express his opinion on the matter:
“As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control," he wrote.
"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."
"A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much.”
“Ultimately, it's his decision, but I’ve never 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,” he concluded.
What do you think? Is Jim off-base? Or is his point about violence in movies something that warrants a broader discussion beyond just Kick-Ass 2?