Jim Carrey is one of Hollywood’s most beloved legends, with iconic roles in classics such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, as well as starring as the villain in the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movies.
Although some of his fans may disagree, there’s just one role that the actor has openly been public about regretting, one that he even refused to promote during the project’s promotional campaign.
Jim Carrey Regrets Doing Kick-Ass 2
Carrey’s one Hollywood regret is the fact that he starred as the military-themed crime fighter known as Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2.
A sequel to its 2010 predecessor, 2013’s Kick-Ass 2 starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the titular hero alongside Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D’Amico, among others.
Carrey’s issue with the sequel came out of the Sandy Hook Massacre, a national tragedy that involved a lone gunman taking the lives of 26 people.
Due to the nature of the tragedy, and its affecting on Carrey, the star swore that he would refrain from working or promoting movies that “support that level of violence,” one in his opinion being Kick-Ass 2.
Prior to him leaving Twitter, the Truman Show actor tweeted back in June of 2013: “I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,”
“I meant to say my apologies to others involve [sic] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
Shortly after Carrey’s announcement, Kick-Ass creator and producer Mark Millar was quick to criticise the actor’s decision not to help promote the sequel.
In a blog posted to his website, Millar shared how he was “baffled” at Carrey’s decision to opt out of the sequel’s promotional campaign, writing: “[I’m] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay 18 months ago.”
“Yes, the body count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us Hit Girl was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much…
“Like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence (even though I’m Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production!
“This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless bodycount of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence… Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action movie.”