Kick-Ass Artist John Romita Jr. Shoots on Jim Carrey


We remember how this one played out initially, right? After playing Col. Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2, Jim Carrey publicly refused to promote the movie as a grand gesture against then-recent acts of gun violence. In an interview with Comic Book Resources today about the Kick-Ass 3 comic, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. are asked about the situation. Millar is uncharacteristically diplomatic, but Romita is not:

As for Jim Carrey, I know I’ll never work with that bonehead again, so let me say this. I think Mark and I have talked about this before, but here’s a guy who could have capitalized on the character he played and played it toward his anti-gun stance. The character he played gave up weapons — gave up guns — and became a good guy. Anybody with three quarters of an education could have figured out how to fold that idea in with their anti-gun ideas. He’s not a smart enough guy to do that. He cashed his check and took his money, and then he went and pulled a bunch of crap on our film. I say “our film,” because a lot of people worked on that. He made people suffer that had jobs and needed every dime from this. I’m not talking about Mark and I. I’m talking about people in the offices and people behind the camera that worked their butts off for this. He took money out of their pockets, and he should be ashamed of himself. I’ve always wanted to say that, and I’ll stand on a chair and look him in the eye and tell him that’s what I think.

There’s lots more in the interview, including the tidbit that nobody’s really talked about a third movie yet – but it’s pretty spoiler-heavy if you haven’t read the books.