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Jim Carrey: Taking on himself for movie violence

Carrey plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the upcoming film “Kick-Ass 2.”

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Carrey plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the upcoming film “Kick-Ass 2.”

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It is all too rare to see a public figure show regret unprompted by any unsavory revelations or personal scandals. However, actor Jim Carrey recently took to Twitter to denounce his upcoming film, “Kick-Ass 2,” for the violence it portrays. His messages say the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. — which took place about a month after filming for “Kick-Ass 2” ended — prompted his change of heart about the planned August blockbuster.

Carrey made it clear that he was neither disowning the film nor criticizing the other actors in it. But he acknowledged the disconnect between the violence in his latest movie and his outspoken beliefs on gun control. Carrey received a lot of coverage for a video he made with the humor website “Funny or Die” lambasting the National Rifle Association, and he was just as vocal in his condemnation of Second Amendment rights activists after the shootings in Aurora, Colo., last July.

Hollywood needs to engage in a frank conversation about the link between violence on screen and violence in real life. A healthy dose of self-reflection is a good place to start.

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