Last June, actor Jim Carrey ruffled more than a few feathers when he took an active stance against the gratuitous violence in the film Kick Ass 2–the second film adaptation of the equally violent comic book series created by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
As a noted anti-gun advocate, this is hardly surprising. The “feather ruffling” comes in when you consider that the film Carrey decried so vocally is a film he co-starred in, and much of the very violence he spoke out against was perpetrated by the character he portrayed.
Follow the jump for what Kick Ass co-creator John Romita, Jr. thinks of Jim Carrey’s “activism”:
Understand, it would be one thing if Carrey refused to take part in this film after reading the script and realizing how violent it would be….or even if he quit halfway through–his conscience not allowing him to finish a movie that so violated his principles.
But no, he finished the film, got paid, and THEN got on his soap box and cursed the very people who just gave him a job and a paycheck. I’ve been endeavoring to maintain journalistic objectivity–but it’s damn hard to see this as anything but a serious dick move, or nothing more than the same old tirade against fictional violence we’ve all heard so many times before (as others have pointed out).
Millar and Romita were recently interviewed at Comic Book Resources regarding (primarily) the release of Kick-Ass 3 #8, which will be the finale of the Kick-Ass series. When the subject turned to Kick-Ass 2 and Jim Carrey’s apostasy, Millar kept his opinions mostly to himself.
Romita, on the other hand, was happy to share his thoughts:
As for Jim Carrey, I know I’ll never work with that bonehead again, so let me say this. I think Mark and I have talked about this before, but here’s a guy who could have capitalized on the character he played and played it toward his anti-gun stance. The character he played gave up weapons — gave up guns — and became a good guy. Anybody with three quarters of an education could have figured out how to fold that idea in with their anti-gun ideas. He’s not a smart enough guy to do that. He cashed his check and took his money, and then he went and pulled a bunch of crap on our film. I say “our film,” because a lot of people worked on that. He made people suffer that had jobs and needed every dime from this. I’m not talking about Mark and I. I’m talking about people in the offices and people behind the camera that worked their butts off for this. He took money out of their pockets, and he should be ashamed of himself. I’ve always wanted to say that, and I’ll stand on a chair and look him in the eye and tell him that’s what I think.
Whether you agree with Romita’s assessment or not, it’s refreshing to see this kind of candor in the entertainment business 🙂
Kick-Ass 3 #8 is on sale now.
Source: The Mary Sue