Jim Carrey has joined the backlash against movies depicting mindless violence, saying that he will not help promote and market Kick-Ass 2 in which he appears as a born-again Christian who refuses to carry a weapon. Referring to the Connecticut school shootings that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults last December, Carrey tweeted, I did Kickass [sic] a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. In a second tweet, he added, 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. Mark Miller, the creator and executive producer of Kick-Ass and the sequel, wrote on his blog that he was baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago. He pointed out that unlike some films with bloodless violence, the Kick-Ass films focus on the consequences of violence and added that he has never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life. ... Our audience is smart enough to know they're all pretending and we should instead just sit back and enjoy the serotonin release of seeing bad guys meeting bad ends. Carrey also found little sympathy among the press. Commented Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri: Boycotting your own movie? Are you boycotting the paycheck, too? Maybe he should, if he's serious about the conversation. Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper accused Carrey of grandstanding and predicted that Carrey will announce he's donating at least a portion of his paycheck from Kick-Ass 2 to some organization dedicated to eradicating gun-related violence.
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