Jim Carrey is changing his tune, if only a little bit. Back in March the comedian released a music video/sketch on Funny or Die titled “Cold Dead Hands.” The video was very obvious about it’s pro-gun control stance, mocking the late Charlton Heston, and so was Carrey. At the time it was released, he sent a string of tweets, blasting those against gun control as “heartless motherf***ers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids,” among other things.
While Carrey still has those feelings, now he says the name calling portion of his rant was wrong. Sunday (July 7), he sent a pair of tweets apologizing. “Asslt rifle fans,I do not agree wth u,nor do I fear u but I do love u and I’m sorry tht in my outrage I called you names.That was wrong,” he writes, followed by, “Btw I don’t need a crisis mgr, just a conscience. Calling ppl names is inappropriate but my position on assault weapons hasn’t changed.”
The timing is curious, as Carrey recently found himself being scrutinized for announcing he could not support his next movie, “Kick-Ass 2,” due to the gun violence portrayed in it. Carrey says he filmed his role a month before the Sandy Hook tragedy, which changed his outlook. While some supported him, others thought it was a bad decision, or possibly some kind of publicity stunt for the movie.
If it was a publicity stunt, it worked. Carrey’s tweets led to the movie getting quite a bit of notoriety and press, even before the promotional campaign fully kicked in. “Kick-Ass 2,” which also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chlo� Grace Moretz, will be in theaters August 16.