Jim CarreyPosted: August 14, 2013
Today sees the release of the movie Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to 2010’s movie which I dug, and was based on Mark Millar’s awesome comic book.
One of the new characters introduced is Colonel Stars and Stripes played by Jim Carrey. Now, I’ve got mixed feelings about Carrey as an actor, but playing an unhinged nutter who dresses up in a costume to smack around crooks looks to be well within his wheelhouse, and if the trailers are anything to go by, it looks like the movie will have the same kind of brutal fun as the original.
See, the Kick-Ass movies, like the comics, are pretty vicious, and shot through with jet black humour. I mean, the movie is called “kick-ass” for Pete’s sake, and it’s one of the movie’s major selling points. Carrey was reportedly a fan of the first which is part of the reason he signed up to be in the sequel.
However, a few months back, Carrey announced that he would not be doing any publicity for the movie, because following last year’s high profile shootings in the States he felt that “in all good conscience” he could not support the level of violence in the movie.
Now, here’s the thing, I appreciate that Carrey’s view of it might have changed following events like the Sandy Hook shootings, but I don’t know it felt like a daft move. I mean, he’d already made the film and Kick-Ass belongs to the OTT, cartoony end of the spectrum of cinematic violence. Some makes you wince, but we’re not talking gore-porn here, much of the violence is blackly comic and overwrought. The outside world may have changed, but these weren’t the first shootings in the States, and he’d been prepared to make the movie before hand.
And, while haven’t seen it, having read the comic I don’t see that there’s anything in the story that relates to Sandy Hook, I mean, I get that Gangster Squad was delayed because it’s scenes of a cinema based hit were too reminiscent of the horrible Aurora shootings. But unless there’s been some changes to the plot, I don’t see why anyone watching Kick-Ass 2 would connect it to Sandy Hook, or anything in the real world.
A bigger statement from Carrey would have been to donate all of his fee for the movie to an anti-gun charity (if Mr Carrey has done this, apologies and fair play).
Also, if anything Carrey’s stance is probably good news for the movie, as Mark Millar stated it may be worth $30million in free publicity as people debate whether or not Carrey was right or not. People have been tweeting about it, debating it in the media, hell, some idiots are even writing blogs about it.
KA2 has a definite target demographic, and most would have already decided if it was for them or not, but there must be some people who will check it out just to see what all the fuss is about, and it’s definitely raised the profile of the movie.
I’m never entirely convinced about the relationship between violence in the media and real life, I think anyone inspired by a movie/video game/comic book/book is probably already a bit unhinged, and it seems unfair to ban it for everyone else. I mean, its like banning religion because of a few twats with homemade bombs and a misguided idea of what will get them into paradise.
Carrey’s 16 year old co-star in the movie, Chloe Grace Moretz, stated she respected his decision but made a pretty good argument:
It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see ‘Pocahontas’ because you are going to think you are a Disney princess….If you are that easily swayed, you might see ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid … I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.
And that’s true, in the first movie, the three characters who decide to pull on some tights and fight crime end up paying dearly, physically and emotionally. Save the superheroics for the comics, boys and girls.
I hope this post made sense, I kind of lost focus at the end because I’ve now got to rush off to work. Ta-ra!
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.