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Sixteen-year-old Chloe Moretz Teaches 51-Year-Old Jim Carrey a Needed Lesson in Fiction vs. Reality

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 9, 2013 | Comments ()


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Jim Carrey, who is actually pretty great for taking a stand against handgun violence, has perhaps gone a bit too far by refusing to do publicity for Kick Ass 2, a movie he stars in, and which he now renounces because of the excessive violence. He took the role a month before Newtown, an event that transformed his position on movie violence.

“I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he tweeted of the flick, set to be released in August. “I meant to say my apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

Good for Carrey, I guess, except that his position actually seems to endorse the view that movie violence begets real-world violence, which is actually scientifically inaccurate. In fact, at least one study suggests that violent films actually beget lower violence rates, at least in the short term, as violent movies provide an outlet for aggression, as well as keep potential agressors preoccupied for a couple of hours.

Also, it’s fake. It’s not real. It’s make believe, a point that Jim Carrey’s 16-year-old Kick Ass 2 co-star, Chloe Moretz, would like to remind everyone of:

“It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see ‘Pocahontas’ because you are going to think you are a Disney princess,” the 16-year-old Moretz told the U.K.’s Sun.

“If you are that easily swayed, you might see ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid … I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.”

You want a common sense take on a particular position? Ask a teenager.

For the record, Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar is thrilled with Carrey’s position:

People keep saying to me, ‘Are you pissed off at Jim Carrey?’ No, I’m delighted with Jim Carrey, this is amazing,” he told the U.K.’s Digital Spy.

“For your main actor to publicly say, ‘This movie is too violent for me’ is like saying, ‘This porno has too much nudity. We’ll have to go and see this now.’ “

Well, I don’t know about that, Mr. Millar. I mean, not a lot of people showed up for Movie 43 because they wanted to see for themselves how awful it was, but I see your point.

(Via The Wrap)


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Anthony Thompson

    Not doing promotional work has gotta be even better than doing promotional work if it gets this kind of attention!

  • DeltaJuliet

    I wouldn't simply dismiss someone's opinion because of their age (old or young), but I think Chloe has a little bit of living to do before she criticizes Carrey's change of heart.

  • She didn't criticize Carey at all. The press' reporting on what she said has been embarrassing.

  • logan

    Hell him NOT doing publicity for the movie gets the movie more publicity than it would of gotten.

  • Mark

    Pffffffft. Stupid people for believing that fiction can affect behaviour. Everybody knows that emotionally disturbed people don't watch films.

  • bbmcrae

    And yet Carrey was happy to attach himself for years to a bubblehead who claims vaccines cause autism, which could conceivably do far more damage to children than the dumb action film he's dissing (after taking their money).

  • Anthony Thompson

    There is Bubblehead Harvard Studies that confirm as much. Infact thousands of studies all around the world. The Gardasil vaccine creator even came out and said it was poisonous. That ISNT the issue here.

  • q q

    They do cause autism.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    The man who originally made those claims admitted that he was making it up last year and his papers are worthless. He was disgraced. It was big news. Because it's bunk. And it is.

  • Kip Hackman

    Really? This movie he's against and Burt Wonderstone he's fine with. How does that movie not offend him as a comedian?

  • Captain D

    I don't think he knew it was supposed to be a comedy

  • googergieger

    Beyond the whole it's a fucking movie thing. I mean, tragedies do happen all the time. Is everyone just one away from totally changing the way they think and act?

  • Guy

    I find Carrey's comments regarding this movie more in line with the Zimmerman / Martin case. People like Zimmerman see movies like these, and by these I mean good guy beats down or kills the bad guys cut roll credits, and thinks that's how the world works. I keep seeing the same picture of him right after the verdict was delivered. That's not the smile of a person who regrettably shot and killed a child in self defense, and is relieved that he's not going to prison for it. That's the face of a person who feels vindicated in his actions by the public and thinks he's made the world a better place.

  • addicted

    I'm not sure it's "taking it too far". Why isn't it acceptable for him to feel differently about something after such a horrible event? This isn't the same thing, but when Sandy Hook happened, my facebook picture happened to be a stupid picture of me playing with a water gun (pretending it was real). I didn't think my facebook picture was going to make anyone kill someone, but I changed my picture and I'm not sure I would put one up like that again. This doesn't mean that I am now against squirt guns, or that I thought my picture would make anyone kill someone. If anything it made me recognize the distance between media images of gun violence and the real thing, and that what was most disturbing. I was playing at something that people actually do, and when people actually do it, people actually die.

  • cgthegeek

    Also I think it's really shitty for an actor who took a paycheck for a movie to turn around and trash said movie before it's released. Part of Carrey's job is to support the film. His backtracking here is screwing around with a lot of folks paychecks, careers etc. Bad form.

  • q q

    Jim Carrey is a more accomplished actor than Chloe Graze Martinez will ever be...

  • RipCity

    if he really felt bad about accepting the role he would have donated the money he got paid for it to charities involved with violence. (if he did do that then good job Mr. Carrey!)

  • TCH

    It is. Carrey's career seems like it on the wane. Maybe this is a symptom of that? Or it is just Carrey being sanctimonious?

  • cgthegeek

    I think both of them are wrong. Movie violence isn't 100% to blame for real life violence, but it's not 100% exempt from glorifying violence or making it seem easy to execute. There's nuance to be found here, folks.

  • Okay. But what does this film or any other have to do with Sandy Hook? Beyond that, most of the real violent times in human history took place long, long before TV and Film was even a medium.

  • cgthegeek

    Oh I don't think the movie has jack shit to do with Sandy Hook. Carreys a moron for trying to draw that comparison.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't think it's a comparison - it was just his personal turning point.

  • DeltaJuliet

    Yes, isn't that what he said? After the tragedy at Sandy Hook he changed his perspective on some things. It happens.

  • van1968

    No, regretting his decision to make Kick Ass 2 is not the same as suggesting that film violence begets real-life violence. It could just be that after Newtown he felt uncomfortable with depictions of violence in any form. That's as reasonable a position as any individual decides it to be; but unless Carrey went on to say otherwise, this whole article -- including the comments made by Moretz -- is based on a presumption that doesn't have to be true at all.

  • KatSings

    Here's my thing - did Carrey take his paycheck from that movie and donate it to some sort of anti-violence charity? If not, then I think it's hypocritical lip service. If he did, then fine, whatever, have your change of heart, and don't make violent movies ever again. That's his prerogative. The whole thing makes me roll my eyes more than a little though.

  • Miss Kate

    My thoughts exactly.

  • chanohack

    To be fair, my little sister actually thought she was a Disney princess for like seven years. She sang a song that went "I am so beautiful, I am so lovely," and just repeated over and over for hours. And I shared a room with her. And my parents were all, why can't you just get along?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Maybe she was channeling Divine.

  • emmalita

    My niece IS a princess (she has the dresses to prove it), but when she grows up when she's 6, she wants to be a Princess Race Car Driver. Because she saw it on Wreck it Ralph so it must be true.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    In five years, we'll all either be working for my niece, or dead by her hand. She turned six in July.

  • emmalita

    If we can just convince them to maintain their focus and ferocity, we truly will have a new world order.

  • Naye

    My daughter wants to be a princess Dr. So i'm cool as long as she accomplishes one or the other

  • emmalita

    Either way, she should be set for taking care of you in the manner to which you would like to become accustomed.

  • Naye

    Lol girl I wasn't even thinking that far ahead. I come from a line of very independent women, so as long as she sets her heart on being the best whatever she can be, I'll be a happy camper.

  • WhoDeyKY

    How is said sister doing these days? I am quite curious now after your comment....

  • chanohack

    She came over last night, and this topic actually came up. She said sometimes when she's doing a menial chore like folding laundry, she still catches herself singing the way she did as a kid. (She's 25.)

  • marigi

    Well, just the fact that you never smothered her with a pillow teaches all of us a lesson on brotherly/sisterly/siblingsly love. Also, your parents are lucky that you didn't go nuts. ...right?

  • Artemis

    I don't have a problem with Jim Carrey here. No, movies don't make people violent. But I can see why he/other people might find it less fun and escapist to watch a movie in which children run around shooting and being shot at after something like Sandy Hook.

  • The victims of Sandy Hook were just that---victims, little kids who were viciously murdered. In KA-2, the youngest person involved in violence is 15 and she doles it out to grown men who are involved in evil acts. I just don't see a connection. If the film was about someone who bursts into a school and shoots children I might.

  • q q

    If you don't see the connection you are an idiot.
    also there is a scene in Kick Ass 2 where they murder school children. (the book)

  • Yeah, there is no connection between Kick-Ass 2 and Sandy Hook. Carey wasn't referring to the comic and, as I stated below, the most graphic scenes weren't included in the film. This isn't even a stretch on your part, just absurdity.

  • sainthubbins

    Here's the thing: There's actually a scene in the Kickass 2 graphic novel where the villains massacre a group of children playing in the street. I don't think it's in the movie, but that is most definitely the type of violence we're talking about here.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    On further consideration, I'm too sexy to register, so this is how the people will know us.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Another St. Hubbins (though with different spelling)? I'm afraid we might collapse into a crimped quantum singularity right now, which you don't want because I can't shake this cough I've got.

  • And that's the comic, not the film. Carey isn't referring to the comic. Even assuming Carey knows that's in the comic, it sure didn't stop him from signing on to the movie. He acts as if Sandy Hook is the first, horrific murder spree in world history. This crap has been going on since time began, long before anyone was being entertained by films.

  • q q

    The Film IS based on the comic, fool.

  • The film leaves out the most graphic material from the comic. That's why the two aren't comparable and why the comic is irrelevant to Carey's comments, genius.

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