'Kick-Ass' Creator Responds to Jim Carrey's Comments: 'I'm Delighted'
Mark Millar, who created "Kick-Ass" with artist John Romita Jr., said that Carrey's distancing himself from "Kick-Ass 2" equaled millions of dollars of free publicity for the sequel.
You might have thought that Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar would have been upset when Jim Carrey spoke out against the level of violence in Kick-Ass 2 earlier this year, saying that the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook had "caused a change in his heart" since shooting the movie. But if you thought that, it turns out that you would've been wrong.
"People keep saying to me, 'Are you pissed off at Jim Carrey?' No, I'm delighted with Jim Carrey, this is amazing," Millar told the website Digital Spy. "Universal figured that we probably got about $30 million of mainstream publicity because of it."
Clearly of the "all publicity is good publicity" school of thought, Millar explained that "a movie like Kick-Ass doesn't normally get into the mainstream news; we'll get into cult or movie news. But it's weird that we were talked about for 20 minutes on Good Morning America and British television."
Even the content of Carrey's message was a good thing, the comic book creator shamelessly argued. "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,'" he said, carefully avoiding any commentary on the real-life violence that Carrey had referred to.
Kick-Ass 2 opens Aug. 16.