Kick-Ass co-creator calls Jim Carrey a ‘bonehead’

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Jim Carrey caused some controversy when he decided to bail out of supporting Kick-Ass 2. The film contained violence with guns, and this lead the comedian turned actor to change his tune before the film’s release. Chloe Grace Moretz disagreed with his opinion, and Kick-Ass co-creator John Romita Jr. wasn’t too pleased.

During an interview with Comic Book Resources to discuss Kick-Ass 3 #8 (the final book in the series), Romita Jr. said that Carrey could have easily supported both Kick-Ass 2 and his anti-gun agenda.

“As for Jim Carrey, I know I’ll never work with that bonehead again, so let me say this. I think Mark and I have talked about this before, but here’s a guy who could have capitalized on the character he played and played it toward his anti-gun stance. The character he played gave up weapons — gave up guns — and became a good guy. Anybody with three quarters of an education could have figured out how to fold that idea in with their anti-gun ideas. He’s not a smart enough guy to do that.”

Yeah, he’s definitely angry. The fact that Carrey got paid and then bailed out of doing promotions was a bad move that didn’t help the Kick-Ass 2 crew.

“[Carrey] cashed his check and took his money, and then he went and pulled a bunch of crap on our film. I say ‘our film,’ because a lot of people worked on that. He made people suffer that had jobs and needed every dime from this. I’m not talking about Mark and I. I’m talking about people in the offices and people behind the camera that worked their butts off for this. He took money out of their pockets, and he should be ashamed of himself. I’ve always wanted to say that, and I’ll stand on a chair and look him in the eye and tell him that’s what I think.”

Here’s Mark Millar’s response to the Carrey incident.

“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. Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie. Imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn’t packing or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn’t punching someone repeatedly in the face. Our audience is smart enough to know they’re all pretending and we should instead just sit back and enjoy the serotonin release of seeing bad guys meeting bad ends as much as we enjoyed seeing the Death Star exploding.”

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