Should Jim Carrey Have Kept His Mouth Shut About Kick-Ass 2?
Sean: Except we haven't seen this film yet. And maybe, once we see it, we'll see it from a different point of view. Ironically, I don't think that this falls that squarely on the "violence in movies is bad" discussion that many are foisting on Carrey. I think it's limited, really, to his opinion on violent films. Look over Carrey's filmography. He hasn't made a lot of violent films. Some of his films are dark, and the Ace Ventura movies are demented. But he isn't Jason Statham. He isn't trying to be the next Tony Jaa. And again, I don't think he's lashing out at the film. People reacting to his Tweets are elevating his intent. He simply says "he" can't support that level of violence. Maybe this is something that nagged him before he took the gig. Maybe in the process of playing Colonel Stars and Stripes, he felt ugly or off-kilter. And again, if he were to Tweet, "Stay away from this film," I'd be slightly more skeptical. But he isn't. He's just saying, "I can't do it." And I find that admirable.
Here's a comparison. Paramount had a broken film in World War Z. They could have ignored that, and just released the film, then dealt with the ugly consequences. But they didn't. They owned up to the error, and they fixed it. I think Carrey's owning up to a difficult situation. I'm not sure how he felt, one way or the other, with regards to violence BEFORE he made Kick-Ass 2. But according to him, his opinions and feelings on the movie have changed even after filming it. Maybe it's Sandy Hook. Maybe it's the final cut of the movie. Maybe it's something altogether different and personal we don't know about. But to say that he should maintain his opinion from weeks ago and not allow his thoughts or opinions or feelings to change in light of recent (or not-so-recent) events is short-sighted and, I think, unfair to Carrey.
Mack: I get where youíre going with the World War Z comparison. Everyone involved was honest, and I really do think that honesty has played in the filmís favor. At no point, however, did it feel like everyone involved in that film wasnít in the same boat. As an observer, I felt like all involved were honest about how much they collectively struggled to make a film that didnít blow. When it comes to Carrey, I canít shake the feeling that he took himself outside the boat with his comments and greatly distanced himself from the fate of this film thatís very much still in the balance.
Life mostly comes down to perspective. To me, itís more important to slap on a smile and be a team player, even if your perspective has altered. To you, itís more important to be honest and true to your innermost feelings, even if it creates a bit of a rift. So, I guess weíll just have to agree to disagree.
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