March 25th, 2013
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Jim Carrey mocks Charlton Heston

(CNN) – Charlton Heston's declaration that gun control advocates would have to pry his firearms "from my cold, dead hands" provides the punch line for comedian Jim Carrey's new video mocking the late actor and NRA president.

Carrey, who appears on a spoof version of the old comedy show "Hee Haw" both as Heston and as the frontman of a country-western band "Lonesome Earl And The Clutterbusters," is a vocal proponent of stricter gun control laws.

"Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand, and his immortal soul may lay forever in the sand. The angels wouldn't take him up to heaven like he planned, because they couldn't pry the gun from his cold dead hand," Carrey sings in the video, which was posted Monday on the comedy website Funny or Die.

Heston, who died in 2008, rose to fame as an actor in movies like "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur." Later in life, however, he turned his attention to political advocacy, eventually becoming the president of the National Rifle Association from 1998-2003.

He famously used the line mocked in Carrey's video during a 2000 speech to NRA members, going specifically after then-Vice President Al Gore, who was running for president at the time.

"As we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: 'From my cold, dead hands!" Heston declared.

Carrey starred in movies like "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" and "The Mask." He actively argues his case for gun control on Twitter @JimCarrey.

Carrey said in a statement that he found America's rash of gun violence "frustrating" and the video was "my fun little way of expressing that frustration."


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  1. laxattack33

    Say what you want about Mr. Heston's politics, but look at his history. He enlisted in WWII and was a radio operator and gunner on a B-25 stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He was pro-gun control in the late '60s. He marched in numerous civil rights activities in the '60s. Maybe as he aged, his perception of the world around him changed and so his politics changed, also. Funny how when people don't agree with a person's opinions or ideas, the way to express that disagreement is with personal vilification and attacks on everything EXCEPT the difference in beliefs.

    March 26, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Kah

    Jim Carrey is only trying to keep is pitiful career in the news by making fun of someone who can not defend himself. Jim Carrey is a worthless coward.

    March 26, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. DARNELL

    Jim Carrey doesn't mention the black kids shooting a 13-month old white baby in the face last week? He'd rather just blame old white people. Typical hollywood bull.

    March 26, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Jim

    He is free to move from Canada to express American freedoms. I just think it's going to backfire.

    March 26, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. andreaswest

    The Heston lover(s) here doth protest too much, methinks.

    March 26, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. jay

    wow conservatives are not very smart are they? They think tv shows are real.. sad really.

    March 26, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. gmenfan54

    Jim Carrey is just another example that fame and wealth do not give you brain's or common sense.

    March 26, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. laxattack33

    Say what you want about Mr. Heston's politics. He enlisted in WWII and was a radio operator and gunner on a B-25 bomber. He participated in numerous civil rights activities in the '60s. He was also a proponent of stricter gun control efforts in the late '60s/'70s. What has Mr. Carrey done? That is besides NOT finish high school. NOT choose one country to be a citizen of (he became a US citizen but hasn't relinquished his Canadian citizenship). Not committed himself to one woman for his entire life. But, I guess that is something to be applauded and emulated in today's day and age.

    March 26, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. CanonsCannon

    Ha! While I found JC's skit pretty funny the reaction it has elicited has been hilarious and profoundly revelatory; which is the essence of great satire. Seeing people try to cut him down as a has-been and not funny...really? He was the HIGHEST PAID ENTERTAINER (from 1997-2003, his average salary was almost $20 MILLION per picture) in the world at a moment in time, his movies have grossed over 2.5 BILLION Worldwide....yet these neckbeards and half-wit Wal-Mart greeters -who's greatest achievement was probably eating a 72 oz. steak and getting it for free-are trying to cut him down...priceless. Don't you see how insane it is to have an old action star (Charlton Heston) give politically charged speeches with inane G.I. Joe rhetoric ("From my cold dead hands" Really? Sounds like it can right out of a Stallone script).... Only in America can a cheesy actor/corporate shill be elected to the highest office in the land...a professional liar is best suited to govern the great ignorant and unwashed masses...and you still don't understand why everyone is laughing at you!!!! If it wasn't so sad it would be hilarious.

    March 26, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. nouk

    Mr. Heston had a meaningful life fighting for civil rights and serving his country during its existential threat (WWII). He made a memorable movie or two, to say the least. Carey has done zilch and has poor taste.

    March 26, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. gegman

    Who cares what Jim Carry the hasbeen has to say. This dolt made millions off of childness comedy. Heston was in World War 2 and served his country and also marched for Civil rights. What did Carey do outside of talk out of his rear on numerous movies? Just another brain dead Hollywood coward trying to tell us what to do with their vast experience living in the " real world".

    March 26, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. michrants

    Wow, you used to be kind of funny Jim. Really, the best you can do now is attack a dead man who cannot defend himself.

    March 26, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. tallulah13

    I am no fan of Charlton Heston's politics, but it is disgusting and childish to mock a dead person for having views different from your own. If you want to make fun of someone, mock the living. At least they can fight back.

    March 26, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. fedup indeed

    I'm not sure which is worse, Carrey and his pitiful stunt, or CNN for posting the article. CNN is all of a sudden looking like a grocery store check out rag! What ever happened to the News in CNN? And no, I did not read the article, just wanted to add my comment :-)

    March 26, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Al Sanchez

    I like Jim Carrey but I like Charlton Heston a Hell of a lot more!!!! He needs to just stop already. . . . .

    March 26, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Matt

    shame..... used to be a fan

    March 26, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. 57strat

    Carrey must have hit a nerve judging by the outpouring of bile over a few seconds of satire aimed at folks who put themselves in the public eye in the first place. LMAO

    March 26, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Brandon William

    Lets settle this right now! It is simple people! You dislike guns, DONT OWN ONE! Don't push your agenda on me and I won't push mine on you. Fair compromise?

    March 26, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Martha

    Charles Heston? Even my grandmother frowns when his name is mentioned.

    March 26, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. BB Slapnut

    Jim Carrey is, and always has been, a flake.

    March 26, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Boater39

    I guess Mr Heston contacted the media all the way from Hell and filed a complaint?

    March 26, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. mypitts2

    I see it less as mocking Heston and more mocking the NRA's extreme position on gun control.

    March 26, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. HeyHey

    This must be why Jenna Mcarthy dumped him. He says and does stupid things.

    March 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Sue

    Please let this man rest in peace. What awful things to say on the 5th anniversary of his death. And how awful for his family to have to read this ...especially his 90 year old widow. Charlton Heston was of Scottish heritage. The Scottish are a fiercely independent people, and anyone who knows anything about English history knows about the Jabobite Rebellion. The English punished the Highlanders by banning their weapons (kilts and bagpipes). Why do you suppose owning a gun for self protection was so important to him. Charlton Heston did not coin the phrase he became so famous for... prying the gun from his cold dead hands. That was actually a quote from a famous American historical figure. ~~ a relatve

    March 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Joel

    @Andrew
    You need to look at your numbers, in Canada I am sure there are some cities worse than your best cities however even our worse cities murder rate is below your national average. We are not afraid of guns we just don't need them to have a sense of security. There will always be crime, guns don't prevent it. What gun enthusiasts fail to address is the fact that in almost all the recent mass shootings, the guns were legally owned by either the person who committed the crime or a family member. Ease of access just removes another barrier to commit the crime. Would it happen anyway, maybe, but at least it was made a little more difficult. That is how gun control affects gun specific crime rate.

    March 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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