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Why Jim Carrey Regrets Starring In Kick-Ass 2 | Screen Rant

With over four decades in the business, Jim Carrey has amassed over sixty acting credits and several accolades with his distinctive shtick and electrifying slapstick humor, but he still deeply regrets starring in one film — Kick-Ass 2. After molding his personality and demeanor into many a character, Jim Carrey has announced his retirement from acting. While the fate of his acting career is still shrouded in uncertainty because of how “fairly serious” he is about his decision (via The Guardian), his staggeringly successful movies — from the hysterical, high-energy Liar Liar to the dramatically thought-provoking The Truman Show — still rank very well amongst genre classics that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

Jim Carrey’s role as Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2 may not be as notable as his other iconic performances, but it still adds a comical layer or two to an otherwise subpar sequel. During Kick-Ass 2’s filming, Jim Carrey also expressed his excitement about the secondary role by saying (via Hollywood Reporter), “I’m having a lot of fun throwing myself into these smaller parts and burying myself in the character.” However, a few months before the film’s release, he confessed (via Twitter) that he did not support the movie because of “a change in heart.

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In his tweet, Jim Carrey revealed that he filmed Kick-Ass 2 a month before the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, which opened up his eyes and prompted him to take a stand against movies (like Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass) that simulate excessive violence. Since then, the actor has clearly been more selective about the roles he chooses and has not appeared in films that advocate any kind of violence. Over the years, he has also used his satirical forte to express his activism surrounding gun control. For instance, in 2013, he starred in a political comedy skit, Cold Dead Hand, which blatantly pokes fun at the NRA. He later also shared the project (via Twitter) with a caption: “‘Cold Dead Hand’ is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids. Sorry if you’re offended…

Although Jim Carrey’s character in Kick-Ass 2 does not use a gun and only carries it around for intimidation, his strong stance against the film is commendable. Carrey’s mindfulness and unbiased public expression around the urgent social issue of gun control is a step toward a culturally appropriate depiction of guns in cinema and can further turn over a new leaf surrounding firearm legislation. Joining the same movement, 200 top writers, producers, and directors from Hollywood have also recently come together to sign an open letter that pledges a thorough examination of firearms in media (via Variety).

Hollywood’s more reformed takes on the depiction of guns in storytelling may not suddenly shake things up, but it does have the potential to gradually alter public perception. Similarly, Jim Carrey’s Twitter activism against superhero movies like Kick-Ass 2 may not carry enough heft to curb gun violence, but it could encourage movie-goers to see the forest for the trees and make a difference in the long-term.

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