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Millar surprised by Carrey's words

Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar has revealed he is "baffled" by Jim Carrey's comments that he would not promote the sequel.

Jim, who portrays vigilante Colonel Stars And Stripes in Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall, has said he would distance himself from the promotional campaign because of the film's level of violence, following the Sandy Hook shooting last December.

According to Empire, Mark, who is the mastermind behind the graphic novels, wrote on his blog: "[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay 18 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."

The Scottish author continued: "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... This is fiction and... Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the consequences of violence...

"Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie."

Mark defended the violence in the film, saying: "Imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn't packing, or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn't punching someone repeatedly in the face."

He added: "Like Jim, I'm horrified by real-life violence, but Kick-Ass 2 isn't a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production!"

Jim tweeted: "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."

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