In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 26 people were killed, the comedic actor has had a change of heart about the film.
Announcing on Twitter that he was distancing himself from the upcoming sequel, he wrote:
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
Jim Carrey plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in 'Kick-Ass 2', a character who allows his attack dog to bite on the genitals of an enemy.
The film, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the eponymous superhero, has been rated 'R' in America for violence, among other indiscretions. The first film featured co-star Chloe Moretz, then 11, using the c-word.
Following Carrey's tweets, the creator of the comic book series on which the films are based, Mark Millar, wrote a lengthy response on his own website. "As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and 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 eighteen months ago," he wrote on Millar World. "Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin." Millar, a self-professed Carrey fan, noted that his work in 'Kick-Ass 2' is a career highlight.
'Kick-Ass 2' is due out in the UK on 14 August.