Kick-Ass was a fairly violent film and I can’t imagine that Kick-Ass 2 tones it down much. With that in mind, Jim Carrey – who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the film – today announced that “cannot support” the film. This doesn’t mean that the movie will be altered in any way, it probably just means that he won’t be participating in the press rounds. So don’t expect to hear much more from him before the film’s release on August 14th.
It’s interesting to see various outlets claim that Carrey is “trashing” the film, because he isn’t doing that at all. He tweeted, “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e“, followed by “I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
While I don’t think violence in film causes violence in real life at all, I personally find this to be a respectable choice. This is about his moral comfort level in endorsing his products, and if he doesn’t feel comfortable doing so – why should he be forced?
Writer Mark Millar issued the below response on his blog – which I think sort of misses the point of Carrey’s statement since Carrey isn’t stating an objection to changed content in the material, but rather the post Sandy Hook social climate. READ MORE
You’re going to have to wait a while to see episode 1.04 of NBC’s “Hannibal”, “Coquilles.” Per Variety, the episode – which features “Molly Shannon’s character brainwashing kids, leading them to kill other children” – has been pulled from NBC’s schedule at Fuller’s request.
Fuller explained that he felt the cultural climate in the country just wasn’t right at the time, “I didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience. Whenever you [write] a story and look at the sensational aspects of storytelling, you think, ‘This is interesting metaphorically, and this is interesting as social commentary.’ With this episode, it wasn’t about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode… It was my own sensitivity.” Another factor here was apparently Sandy Hook’s re-emergence in the news this week (victim’s parents were in the stands at the Boston Marathon and a gun bill inspired by the tragedy was voted down), and it’s important to note that this episode was shot before that tragedy even took place.
Apparently, you’ll still totally be able to follow Episode 5 despite not seeing Episode 4 (it wasn’t sent to critics, but eps 3 and 5 were). Also, NBC and Fuller will help bridge the gap by providing a package of clips from the show online that trace the character aspects of the episode with commentary from Fuller. I imagine we’ll be seeing this one on Blu or DVD (it’s also airing overseas).
“Hannibal” airs at 10/9c on Thursdays. READ MORE
After the tragedy at an elementary school in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of twenty-eight people, including twenty children and eight adults, the country’s been struggling to come up with a way to keep something like that from ever happening again. It certainly wasn’t the first mass shooting in the states, or even the biggest, but the young age of a majority of the victims involved has made it one of the most jarring. It should come as no surprise that violent media has been targeted as a potential cause for the tragedy — video games in particular have been thrust into the spotlight after practically every shooting since Doom was partially blamed for Columbine back in 1999.
Last month, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre decided to shamelessly shovel the blame onto the gaming industry yet again, saying “there exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.” Interestingly enough, earlier this week the NRA released a game on iOS that teaches players how to use a gun and — until Apple stepped in to re-rate it — was intended for players ages four and up. Apparently, irony is lost on the NRA. More after the break.