Mark Millar, the creator of the Kick-Ass franchise, has responded to Jim Carrey's comments that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School had changed his stance on the film.
Carrey tweeted on Sunday, "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence." He went on to apologize to the rest of the cast and crew involved in the movies and stated that he wasn't ashamed of it, but that he'd had a "change in [his] heart."
Carrey won't be promoting the movie, in which he plays Colonel Stars And Stripes, a vigilante who refuses to use guns.
Millar has now uploaded a blog post that criticises Carrey's view and he insists that he knew how violent the film was when he signed up.
The Scottish writer, stated, "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 ..."
Millar also wrote, "Ironically, Jim's character in Kick-Ass 2 is a born-again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place."
He then concluded, “Ultimately, this is his decision, but I've never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real-life.”
Kick-Ass, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn, revolved around Millar's comic book of the same name, which follows Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Dave Lizewski as he becomes a real-life supehero, with the sequel revolving around the team he forms with Carrey's Colonel Stars and Stripes as they take on Christopher Mintz-Passe's, Red Mist.
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