One of the biggest pieces of news to come out this year was when Jim Carrey signed on to play the role of Colonel Stars and Stripes in Jeff Wadlow’s ‘Kick-Ass 2’. But after the film wrapped, the actor had a change of heart and publicly stated that he couldn’t support the level of violence contained in the movie due to current events such as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. While this lead to Carrey not promoting the film, which is set to drop later this month, ‘Kick-Ass’ creator Mark Millar remained positive about the situation and continued to praise Carrey’s performance. In fact, now he’s saying he’s “delighted” that the star spoke out about the next big screen adventure for Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.

In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Millar took the stance of “All publicity is good publicity” when he addressed Carrey’s comments on their upcoming film and his feelings toward the veteran actor:

“People keep saying to me, ‘Are you pissed off at Jim Carrey?’ No, I’m delighted with Jim Carrey, this is amazing. Universal figured that we probably got about $30 million of mainstream publicity because of it. 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. 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’.”

While this wasn’t likely Carrey’s intention, he has done his part in promoting ‘Kick-Ass 2’. Whether you agree with his stance on the violence in the movie or not, you’re talking about the movie, so chances of you seeing it have expanded greatly. That’s the type of buzz that you just can’t pay for.

What do you think about Jim Carrey’s views on ‘Kick-Ass 2’? What about Mark Millar’s ability to turn this negative into a positive? And does this talk make you want to see ‘Kick-Ass 2’ any more? Sound off in the comments.

‘Kick-Ass 2’ starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, and Jim Carrey hits theaters on August 16, 2013.