Jim Carrey's morally driven decision to drop out of the publicity campaign for "Kick-Ass 2" is becoming a lonely stand — especially when it comes to his cast mates.
Chloe Grace Moretz, the sixteen-year-old actress who plays Hit Girl in the upcoming film, has made it clear she doesn't put much stock in Carrey's feelings about the film's violence.
"It's a movie," Moretz recently told a reporter. "If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn't go to see 'Pocahontas' because you are going to think you are a Disney princess."
In June, Carrey, an outspoken advocate for gun control, posted a message on Twitter declaring, "I did 'Kickass' a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence." Since then, Carrey, who plays born-again vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes in the sequel, has declined to take part in promotion for the film. But his young co-star has a different take on the matter.
"If you are that easily swayed, you might see 'The Silence of the Lambs' and think you are a serial killer," Moretz said. (And her quotes have been confirmed to Yahoo! Movies by Moretz's rep). "It's a movie and it's fake, and I've known that since I was a kid ... I don't want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do."
Moretz softened her statement a bit by adding she respected his rights to his opinions, adding, "Each to his own."
Moretz isn't the first member of the cast of "Kick-Ass 2" to publicly question Carrey's judgment. John Leguizamo, who also appears in the movie, told Yahoo! Movies in July that he was puzzled by Carrey's attitude. "I love Jim, man. The dude's great; he's entitled to think whatever he's thinking," Leguizamo said. "I just don't understand. When did you realize the movie was violent? I mean, didn't you see the first one? Didn't you read the script? I know you must have read the script! I don't understand."
And shortly after Carrey's initial tweet, Mark Miller, who wrote the comic book that was the basis for "Kick-Ass," wrote a blog post expressing his own confusion. "'Kick-Ass' avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it's the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation," Miller said.
In a more recent interview with the UK website Digital Spy, Miller said that Carrey's statements are doing more to help the film than anything else. "People keep saying to me, 'Are you pissed off at Jim Carrey?' No, I'm delighted with Jim Carrey, this is amazing," Miller said. "For your main actor to publicly say, 'This movie is too violent for me' is like saying, 'This porno has too much nudity. We'll have to go and see this now.'"
'Kick-Ass 2' opens nationwide on Friday, August 16.
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