Monday, 24 June 2013

JIM CARREY WILL NOT PROMOTE KICK-ASS 2 DUE TO VIOLENT CONTENT


After Kick-Ass made only a modest splash in theatres in 2010, no doubt studio Universal were counting on the addition of Jim Carrey into the cast of the sequel would result in a more successful financial performance. But Carrey will not actively promote the film, withdrawing his support for it due to the level of violence. Despite stating that he is 'not ashamed of [the film]', his 'change of heart' is due to the Sandy Hook school shooting of last December, an event which also brought about the cancellation of the American premiere of Django Unchained. Kick-Ass 2 was filmed before the incident. As factions of the public and media continue to propagate the notion that cinematic violence causes a direct influence on violence in the real world with biased, dubious evidence and speculation, much of which is objectively very difficult to substantiate, this is not a positive development in what ought to be an even-handed debate, instead of a platform to be used for one side to mouth off and the other to shut up. Not that Carrey's opinion os invalid, just that I don't see what the point is in him tweeting it.