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. —Mark Millar, director
Jim Carrey has drawn attention for his strong stance on gun control. And while he stars in a soon-to-open violent film, the popular comedian and actor is choosing not to support it.
On June 23, Carrey commented via his Twitter account about his inability to stand behind the upcoming film "Kick-A-- 2," slated for an Aug. 16 release, because of the extreme levels of violence.
"I did Kicka-- a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," the star 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."
Carrey has received some mild criticism from fellow co-stars, such as John Leguizamo.
"I just don't understand," Leguizama told Yahoo Movies. "When did you realize the movie was violent? I mean, didn't you see the first one? Didn't you read the script? I know you must have read the script! I don't understand."
Leguizamo did say that he respected Carrey's decision, although he didn't fully understand the motivation behind it.
The film's director, Mark Millar, expressed similar surprise at Carrey's sudden paradigm shift.
On his blog, MillarWorld, Millar acknowledges that Carrey is a strong advocate of gun control.
"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," Millar wrote.
The director acknowledges the violent nature of the movie, but Millar doesn't believe that film violence translates into reality.
"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," Millar wrote. "Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie."
Millar, author of comic books "The Ultimates," "Marvel Knights Spider-Man" and "Ultimate Fantastic Four," is not alone in his views on media violence.
Nicholas Cage, star of the original film, said in an interview with the British newspaper The Independent that he is not going to blame the violence in his country on movies.
"I feel horrible about the gun violence and I feel it inside," Cage said. "I don’t think movies are the reason why this violence exists. I think it’s going to happen whether movies are there or not."
Cage's reaction stemmed from Carrey's Twitter announcement, as well as his role in an upcoming film, "The Frozen Ground," where Cage plays a detective pursuing a serial killer who killed 17 women.
Emmilie Buchanan is an intern for the Deseret News with Mormon Times. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: emmiliebuchanan