Jim Carrey is being courted to play Colonel Stars in Kick Ass 2, perhaps change his career trajectory

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33 Responses to “Jim Carrey is being courted to play Colonel Stars in Kick Ass 2, perhaps change his career trajectory”

  1. foobar says:

    I hear the guy who played Mr. Freeze is available too.

  2. dole says:

    Any truth to the rumor that Millar prematurely wrapped the KA2 series because Universal wouldn’t buy/greenlight the movie sequel, which they wound up doing anyways?

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    I watched Kick Ass just recently. It was much funnier and sweeter (given its ultra-violent nature) than I’d expected.

    I look forward to the sequel.

  4. Rob Stevens says:

    If you didn’t see “The Majestic”, you should. Highly underrated, and it’s nice to see Carrey not doing slapstick.

  5. Thad Boyd says:

    They end up having a bit of a run-in with villain Red Mist.

    You mean the Motherfucker.

  6. If I don’t see Jim Carrey do something awesome soon

    You have been don’t seeing Jim Carrey do something awesome for a very very long time now.

  7. I can’t tell whether Jamie’s saying she didn’t see Eternal Sunshine or she just didn’t like it, but really? Putting it next to The Number 23? I know there’s a large amount of subjectivity in stuff like this, but I’d have difficulty coming up with something I didn’t like about it, and it’s on IMDB’s top 100:
    http://www.imdb.com/chart/top and generally was received pretty well:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Sunshine#Critical_reception

    I don’t know, I think writing it off with one word as ‘hipsteriffic’ is a bit harsh.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Yeah, wouldn’t have thought “hipsterific” would be the word to describe that movie.  I wasn’t a hipster when hipsters were hip, let alone now (and the high-schooler in me still kinda wishes I could be kidding about that, but I’m not), but whether or not anyone hip ever decided it was hip to think Eternal Sunshine was hip, I thought it was a damned good movie, with a typically engaging and dazzling and satisfying Charlie Kaufman script, and featuring Carrey’s best performance of his career, if anyone were foolhardy enough to ask me.

      But I didn’t bother with The Majestic or The Number 23 either, so that part of the argument is still valid, AFAIC.

  8. Rick says:

    Jim Carrey was brilliant in Batman Forever, which was a fun and entertaining movie. His screechy performance in The Mask was contrived and mediocre, although blandly enjoyable. You won’t be surprised that I also greatly enjoyed (the off-topic) Mystery Men with Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Jeanine Garofalo, Peewee Herman, etc.

    • Jerril says:

       He definitely stuck out in Batman Forever; he was clearly making the best of a bad project.

      • Thad Boyd says:

        Tommy Lee Jones was good too.

        A recent retrospective on ComicsAlliance observed that he played a great Joker; the problem was that he was supposed to be Two-Face.

  9. shadymacshuyster says:

    Man, the hipster backlash around here has reached an all-time high, hasn’t it? Reminds me of the Onion article “Two Hipsters Angrily Call Each Other Hipster”.

    ESotSM is one of the greatest movies of the last ten years, IMHO: original, beautifully shot and directed, and wearing genuine heart on its sleeve. To have it dismissed as “hipsterific” and imply that it’s a step on the decline of Carrey’s work (when it’s probably one of his best-ever performances) strikes me as jumping on a hipster-hating bandwagon. Get over yourself, hipster.

  10. Halloween_Jack says:

    So, you’re dismissing  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as “hipsterific”, but you’re looking forward to Kick-Ass 2? I can’t tell you how sad that makes me.

  11. cjporkchop says:

    If doing another movie would make Carrey too busy to keep spouting anti-vaccination garbage, I’m all for it.

    • ocker3 says:

       That was McCarthy

      • David Cannon says:

         No, he was as complicit in spewing anti-vaccine garbage as his ex-wife, and as such I can no longer enjoy anything he’s done as an actor, no matter how brilliant, without thinking of all of the children with preventable pertussis or measles because of this jerk, not to mention the autism-spectrum children subjected to the quackery they also promoted together.

        Unless he has publicly renounced his earlier statements somewhere, I assume he’s still a contemptable anti-vaccine wackaloon, as demonstrated here, for instance (via Orac): http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/04/23/fire-marshall-bill-discusses-vaccines/.

  12. did kick-ass change nicholas cage’s career trajectory?

  13. Leto_Atreides says:

    Will Hit-Girl become Hit-Woman?

  14. Jim says:

    In movies, 1 > 2 is almost always true.

  15. Daneel says:

    His best performance was in The Dead Pool. It’s been downhill ever since.

  16. daneyul says:

    Can we stop the hate on Batman Forever yet?  The next one, Batman and Robin–yeah, that was god-awful–just terrible–and Batman Returns was pretty bad as well. (That one started with promise, but crossed the line into unwatchably stupid pretty quick).  But the 3rd in the series was going for the less dark and broody, more fun batman that many prefer, and managed it quite well.    Had a great cast (including Val Kilmer damn it) and was entertaining start to finish. 

    • Jerril says:

      Two Words: Mood Whiplash.

      The people that preferred camp Batman weren’t the people who liked the first two movies (esp the first – the second was a little surreal). Turning on the camp shook off the established fans and the folks that were looking for campy had, in many cases, already written off the films.

      If it had stood by itself or as the third in a campy series, that would be one thing. But it didn’t. And as an addition to the continuity, it was a bad one.

      Val Kilmer was fine; Jim Carrey was good; Ahnold was largely guilty of not knowing anything except the TV series and therefore being extremely campy (as in, perfectly fine for the film he was in), etc etc.

      When a series suddenly turns around and changes styles with no lead up, no in-universe events to explain the change or at least offer some plausible deniability, it’s jarring. And quite a lot of people don’t like it, and aren’t going to stop “hating” on it when it happens, because it strongly suggests the director didn’t give a crap about anything established up to that point, where the fans cared quite a bit.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Nope, can’t stop the hate just yet.  I distinctly remember being in one of the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood during the summer of 2004, when the trailer for the movie version of Phantom of the Opera came on.  The audience watched in silence until “A Joel Schumacher Film” came up on the screen, upon which the audience actually erupted into laughter.

      I haven’t seen that kind of spontaneous derision before or since.

  17. Clifton says:

    On the other hand, The Mask was based on a Dark Horse comic, culty like Kick-Ass, and that was very well-received.

    Why are you trying to hurt us? Just remembering that wretched movie is excruciating.  Like most of  his movies, it seemed to consist largely of him mugging at the camera smugly.

    And yes, I agree with a number of other posters up-thread: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a rare, truly brilliant movie, poignant and often piercing, and a good example of what Carrey can do when he’s got a good script and is well directed. The Truman Show is another good example.

    A movie based on a comic book, though, seems to be asking for the other Carrey.

  18. Martyn Drake says:

    Having only just gotten around to watching Scott Pilgrim (which came out a little while after Kick-Ass), I have to say out the two movies I liked Scott Pilgrim the most despite it making as much sense as a talking dog.  Kick-Ass doesn’t make much sense (the physics of Scott Pilgrim’s world are .. weird), but visually, Scott Pilgrim kicked Kick-Ass’ ass big time.

    I think I’ll pass on Kick-Ass 2 as well intentioned as it may be.

    Now, if only Warner Bros. got to make Millar’s Red Son and to perhaps remake Wanted closer to the comic rather than what we actually go – I’d be happy.

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