Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Director 'hasn't spoken to Carrey'

Jim Carrey decided he would not promote Kick-Ass 2 due to its violence

Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow says he has had no contact with Jim Carrey since the actor declared he would not promote the film due to its violence.

The Canadian actor, who portrays vigilante Colonel Stars And Stripes in the comic book sequel, has chosen not to do any promotion for the movie. Jim voiced his concerns on Twitter recently saying the shooting massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary school changed his perspective.

Speaking in London, Jeff said he has had no conversation with Jim after his announcement and had reacted with "surprise" when he learned of his change of heart.

The director said: "I have not (spoken to him). The thing about Jim is we love him in these movies because you never know what he is going to do or say, and I'm here to tell you, in real life, you never know what he is going to do or say."

"Probably surprise is a better way to describe my response to his tweets," he said. "But at the end of the day, I think he's fantastic in the film and I think people should see it and judge for themselves," he continued, adding he would work with him again.

Jim said in June he "cannot support" the follow-up to the 2010 superhero action comedy, tweeting: "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence." He added: "I meant to say my apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."

His co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse said they respected his decision.

Chloe, who plays Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl, said: "You know, each to their own. It's his decision as an actor to do that. I can only speak for my character and I'm fine with everything that happened in the movie for me."

Aaron - who reprises his role as Dave Lizewski and his alter-ego the bumbling, wannabe superhero Kick-Ass - added: "Jim's opinionated and had a change of heart. I respect what he's saying."

Chris, who is back as Chris D'Amico and The Mother******, said: "It's a bit of a bummer because he's so good in the movie and it would be great to have him promoting the movie. But it is a violent movie and he's got his opinions so I respect that."

Kick-Ass 2 opens in the UK on August 14.

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