And something else was happening, too. With the rise of Twitter and social media in general, it was easier than ever for actors to express their personal beliefs. And Carrey’s personal beliefs, it turned out, didn’t always suit the movie that he was meant to be promoting. A few months before Kick-Ass 2 was released, for instance, he denounced the film’s violence via Twitter.
“I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook,” he wrote, referring to the elementary school shooting that horrified the world. “And now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” This caused a pretty big stir.