Jim Carrey is one of the most veteran actors in Hollywood and the 60-year-old has been in some of the most iconic movies of our time. The list includes Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show, and more. He is known for his roles as the Grinch, and The Mask.
Moreover, he has a habit of picking roles that are unconventional. No one will ever be able to deny that this individual has the acting chops to pull off diverse roles from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to playing a happy-go-lucky man in Bruce Almighty. However, there are obviously some roles that the actor regrets- roles that he probably didn’t do justice to. Along with that are roles that he accepted the fastest- even without looking beyond the surface.
One of the roles that Jim Carrey regrets he took up is the role of Captain Stars & Stripes from Kick-Ass 2. The movie also featured Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz. This comic book-turned-movie might have flown under the radar, but there is no reason to sleep over it. One of the many reasons behind it being a good film was the role of Carrey.
He played an unhinged baseball bat-wielding vigilante. Unfortunately for the movie, as well as Carrey, the reason why he might have felt his role to be quite regretful was due to events that had transpired months before the movie was about to be released in 2013. This is when the country suffered through the worst mass school shooting of all time- the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. The incident killed around 26 people.
Jim Carrey Really Regrets His Role In Kick-Ass 2
The consequences of such were so immense that they resonated with Carrey. He then turned up as an advocate of gun control. This was also the time he swore off playing excessively violent roles in his movie. Unfortunately for him, the movie that was about to be released next was a particularly gruesome one.
The actor also took to Twitter to express his thoughts, stating, “I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. I meant to say my apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it, but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” Interestingly, the tweet did draw criticism from Mark Millar, the writer of the comic book- as well as the executive producer for the sequel.
Millar wrote on a blog, “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…”
The comic-book writer wasn’t done here. It was evident that Jim Carrey’s words had really impacted him. “Like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence, but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, and Chan-wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead on the consequences of violence… Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action movie.”
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H/t Unilad, The Guardian