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)