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Millar unfazed by Carrey boycott

The creator of the Kick-Ass comic books said Jim Carrey did the makers of the film "the biggest PR favour of all time" by choosing not to promote the sequel.

Mark Millar said the actor who stars in Kick-Ass 2 inadvertently provided millions of dollars worth of publicity after declaring he would not promote the film due to its violence.

Carrey, who portrays vigilante Colonel Stars And Stripes, voiced his concerns on Twitter recently saying the shooting massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary school had changed his perspective.

Millar said: "In a weird way, Jim Carrey did us the biggest PR favour of all time. Universal (the film company) estimate that it's about 30 million dollars worth of publicity that we got out of him pulling out of the publicity."

"I'm going to pull out of my next movie!" he joked.

The Kick-Ass creator from Glasgow attended a charity screening of the film in the city and described it as "bigger and better" than its predecessor which saw high school student Dave Lizewski decide to become a superhero despite having no superhero powers.

Millar said: "In Kick-Ass 2 he basically wants to be in the Avengers so he gathers a bunch of like-minded people around him and they form the world's first super team and they go up against the world's first super villains, so it's bigger and better than the first one. This is the Empire Strikes Back to our Star Wars."

The screening raised cash through ticket sales for charities based in Coatbridge, outside Glasgow, where the writer grew up.

He said: "There's something lovely about seeing the film in Glasgow because, growing up in Coatbridge, Hollywood seemed so far away.

"So to bring it closer to home like this really feels quite special."

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