Kick-Ass Writer 'Baffled' By Jim Carrey Decision
Mark Millar reacts to news that star will not be promoting movie sequel...
The Hollywood star plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the comic book sequel - and has just announced that he intends to withdraw from promotional work for it because of the Sandy Hook school shootings in the US.
Writing on his own Millarworld web forum, the Scotsman said: "As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen 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. A sequel to the picture that gave us Hit-Girl was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much."
And Millar made it clear that he does not agree that there might be a link between movies and real-world violence.
He said: "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.
"Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action movie."
He said that Carrey's role in the movie was one of his "best-ever performances" - and urged him to reconsider his decision.