Jim Carrey Says There’s One Film He Regrets Making

Jim Carrey has starred in more than 50 films across his stellar career, but he says he regrets being a part of Kick-Ass 2.
Credit: Alamy

Jim Carrey has starred in more than 50 films across his stellar career, but he says there is only one that he regrets making.

From Ace Ventura to The Mask, Dumb and Dumber to Bruce Almighty, the 62-year-old has played a variety of iconic and hilarious roles since his cinematic debut in 1983. 

He’s taken on some sublime and utterly ridiculous parts that are both box-office triumphs and flops.

Yet, the Sonic the Hedgehog star says there is only one film he regrets making. 

And there’s one major reason behind his regret for the movie.

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Shortly before the film hit the big screen, a gunman tragically opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, killing 26 people.

It was one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Carrey took to Twitter to withdraw his support for the film he now regrets making.

In 2013, Carrey starred in Kick-Ass 2 as the unhinged, baseball bat-wielding vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes.

The film received mixed reviews from critics and scored a respectable 6.5/10 on IMDb. 

Jim Carrey in Kick-Ass 2.
Jim Carrey said he can no longer ‘support that level of violence’. Credit: Universal Pictures

He said: “I did Kick-Ass a month before 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.”

However, Carrey’s ‘change of heart’ was criticised by Scottish comic-book author and Kick-Ass 2 executive producer Mark Millar, who wrote the graphic novel on which the movie was based.

In a blog post at the time, Millar reportedly said that Carrey knew what he was ‘letting himself in for’.

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey has his regrets about Kick-Ass 2. Credit: Alamy

He wrote: “[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.

“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…

“Like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence (even though I’m Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary. 

“No actors were harmed in the making of this production!

“This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead on 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.”

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Kick-Ass 2 sees Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), aka Kick-Ass, and Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz), aka Hit-Girl, trying to live as normal teenagers and briefly form a crime-fighting team. 

After Mindy is busted and forced to retire as Hit Girl, Dave joins a group of amateur superheroes led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), a reformed mobster. 

Just as Dave and company start to make a real difference on the streets, the villain formerly known as Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) rears his head yet again.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.