The cast of Kick-Ass 2 have spoken about Jim Carrey's stance on the film.
Carrey plays ex-mafia superhero Colonel Stars and Stripes in the Jeff Wadlow-directed sequel, but publicly withdrew his support for it last month, explaining that he could not endorse its "level of violence" in the wake of December's Sandy Hook shooting.
Digital Spy sat down with Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Millar and Wadlow to get their takes on Carrey's abrupt change of heart.
Millar said of Carrey's withdrawal from publicity: "People keep saying to me, 'Are you pissed off at Jim Carrey?' No, I'm delighted with Jim Carrey, this is amazing.
"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'."
The comic book creator and producer added that Carrey's decision has helped raise awareness of the film to a wider audience.
"Universal figured that we probably got about $30 million of mainstream publicity because of it," he said. "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. It was all down to Jim Carrey."
Director Wadlow explained that Carrey's tweet wasn't a "ploy" to get publicity, adding: "There has been a strange accident in that people have been talking about the movie because of his tweets, but that wasn't by design."
Kick-Ass 2 sees Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprise the title role, while Moretz and Mintz-Plasse return as Mindy/Hit-Girl and Chris/Red Mist respectively. John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Lindy Booth and Clark Duke also star.
Kick-Ass 2 is released in the UK on August 14, and in the US on August 16.
Additional reporting by Tom Mansell
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