Kick Ass 2 has been described as "dark" and "often offensive" by Simon Hewlett, Universal Pictures' executive vice president of marketing.
Hewlett was talking about the hugely anticipated action film to various international theatre owners at CineEurope in Barcelona on Tuesday, where he promised that the film is a "bigger, badder, more ballsy adventure."
Hewlett made sure not to talk about Carrey's tweet during his discussion, however he did admit that the movie is very controversial, calling it "irreverent, dark, and often offensive."
Kick-Ass 2 has been drenched in controversy this week after one of the film's leads, Jim Carrey, voiced his discontent with the film over its the level of violence it portrays.
Carrey tweeted to his 10million followers, "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence."
The comedian's comments were met disapprovingly by the comic's creator, Mark Millar, who wrote on his blog, "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.”
However, Millar, who is also the executive producer on Kick Ass 2, did also state, "Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider ... You're amazing in this insanely fun picture."
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