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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soundoff (593 Responses)
  1. SeanNJ

    The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are pretty good. I gather Abe doesn't watch a lot of movies.

    March 25, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. T

    .......Jim Carey is KILLING THEM.......................................with laughter................
    .
    ........................NRA's Heston was KILLING THEM .........................................................with bullets.............

    March 25, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Me

    Don't like the NRA, then stay in canada!!! We don't need your opinion!!!!

    March 25, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Not a fan of Jim Carrey, but I like what he said and the way he said it.

    March 25, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Gun Control Doublethinkers

    People who demand "gun control" and blame the actions of people on the tools those people use, well, those people are simply too dumb to breathe.

    These flat out nitwits want to ban weapons that account for at best maybe one half of one percent of gun violence. They just want to have politicians "do something" – something that is entirely symbolic and ineffective.

    Why is that? Because ironically, despite being engaged in double think, these people cannot actually think.

    As for Jim Carrey, mocking the dead shows him to be flat out scum.

    March 25, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. RKY

    What do you expect from a Canadian. Why not worry about Canada problems first. Make sure your house is in order before attacking someone elses house.

    March 25, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. sidb1980

    Jim Carey is only for those people not smart enough to know that his only skit is that of fire marshall bill. That same facial expressions and tones. He is a bore and not funny.

    March 25, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. fatwomansquest

    Do not mock the dead – they cannot defend themselves. Be a man Carrey. I grew up on Charlton Heaston - you can forget Omega Man or Soylent Green.

    March 25, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Pay Scale

    Damn shame he wasn't mocked while alive. His ego, if given solid form would have dwarfed the universe as we know it.

    March 25, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. lakecity

    Mr. Carey if you don't like our gun laws might I suggest you move back to Canada? Please take your dumb and dumber attitude with you.

    March 25, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. fatwomansquest

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But you don't mock the DEAD they can't defend themselves – be a man Carey and pock fun at someone ALIVE. By the way I grew up on Charlton Heaston movies - who can every forget Omega Man or Soylent Green!!!

    March 25, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. WouldYouLookAtThat

    There's a reason Jim Carrey is still irrelevant... He hasn't been relevant since 'Dumb & Dumber'. Then again, the irony in the movie title is quite revealing of his acting career and this little jig he just put together, respectively. Stay in Canada and kiss the ground your queen walks on, Jim.

    March 25, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Proworker

    Charlton Heston, stunk as an actor. He also stunk as a human being. He was filled with Charlton, and Charlton only.

    March 25, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. freedom

    You look very small, Jim Carrey, mocking such a big man.

    March 25, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Carl

    Jim Carrey is desperate for attention as his movies tank. Try another penguin movie why don't you?
    Don't worry Mr. Carrey, they have a special place in Hell reserved just you and your gun hating, foul mouthed antics...

    March 25, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. local

    People kill people, the guns are just a tool. Unfortunately you cannot regulate what stupid people do with guns so you must regulate the guns to make it harder for stupid people to get their hands on one. If you cannot understand that then you are one of the stupid people who should not have a gun.

    March 25, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Heston is almost as dead as Carey's career. Every court jester secretly wants to be the judge

    March 25, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. SFH

    I've heard about Charlton Heston. I've seen Ben Hur, Ten Commandments, and Greatest Show on Earth. I've seen pictures of Mr. Heston marching with MLK.

    No idea who Jim Carey is. Something tells me no one else will know either in another fifty years.

    March 25, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. wizzard

    Jim Carey...talking outta his butt again

    March 25, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Marcus Takatoa

    Guns are just like our borders, no reason to add new laws when we don't properly enforce the ones that already exist.

    March 25, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Edwin

    fatwomansquest: I saw those movies. I loved Omega Man, but it really is not a classic. Soylent Green, well that is a classic, but not really because of Heston.

    March 25, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Bob

    Yeah, Carrey, have fun. But Heston was a bigger actor in his day than you'll ever be. And most thinking people know ti doesn't take much of an intellect to poke fun at a guy who can't fight back.

    It amazes me how hypocritical and sheeplike Hollywood is. Gun control is the "cool" cause of the day, so they're for it. Talk to them about cutting down the use of those same guns in the TV shows and movies and video games that pay their outrageous salaries and they'll shriek "Freedom of Speech" at the tops of their lungs.

    March 25, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Nukethis

    Is Jim Carrey still alive ?
    I'm trying to remember back to the days when he was relevant but its so long ago.
    Hes sunk so low that hes insulting dead people to try to bring attention back on his failing career.

    March 25, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. EBrock

    Tha'ts what they do,,,,

    March 25, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. T

    ..this is RESPONSE TO..........."ME".................
    .
    ...............You sound like Archie Bunker.........................and AMERICA CONTINUES TO LAUGH AT HIM..............

    March 25, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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