March 25th, 2013
01:46 PM ET
1 year 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. sonicmojo

    Jim Carrey " If they want my career , they will have to pry it from my cold, dead hands!" "Wait, my hands are empty." "cut!!"

    March 25, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein

    It was really funny. Satire can be fun.

    March 25, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Norm

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA...........You go Jimmy boy...
    Heston deserves whatever he gets after selling his soul tot he devil.

    March 25, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Anthony R

    Funny,Jim Carey doesn't mention anything about his armed bodyguards or his new movie Kick a$$ 2 where he carries plenty of guns.

    March 25, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Lawdawggie

    Please keep him down there....Canada doesn't want him back.

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The way to stop a crazy guy with a crazy message is with a wild and crazy guy with a wild and crazy message.

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. head unit

    Charlton Heston was one of the first people in Hollywood to march for civil rights – before it was fashionable and when it was risky.

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. anne112

    "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."' Last I heard Camada did not have anywhere near the level of gun violence that the US does, so I guess his house IS in order.

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Drew

    I love Charlton Heston movies, they're great. And he was a damned good actor. But in my opinion, he got further and further and further right as he aged, to the point of sheer lunacy.

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Bruce

    A nation that can arm itself is undefetable. A nation that can't is aready in defeat. The choices is are freedom. Make the right choice before you can't. I don't own a firearm but I can. Don't take away my choice. I'll own a weapon then, only the cartel will get the money for it not a shop keeper.

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. TexaSam

    Aso breaking.... Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. But he's feeling better each day.

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Denver Belle

    Charlton Heston is an easy target (pun intended), but Jim Carrey is a pretty good
    target too. Dumb and Dumber!

    March 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Sheepleherder

    Ironic isn't it. You mock the people that allow you the freedom to do so. The fight is not about guns, the fight is about your rights. You can throw away your own rights if you like, it will not change a criminals ability to keep their guns it will only change your ability to defend yourself, fortunately there are enough people with the sense not to allow you to throw away theirs.

    March 25, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Drew

    @ Me – We don't need your opinion, either. But sadly, we got it. The Internet is the poor man's Hollywood, I guess.

    March 25, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Independent Voter

    If you need a "large capacity" weapon to hunt Bambi, you should stop hunting because you clearly are not good at it. Only military and law enforcement need "large capacity" magazines, plain and simple. Universal background checks now. Within 10 years NRA will be virtually non-existent.

    March 25, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. anthrogeekgurl

    Good on Carey! Judging from whats been posted on here already, he struck a nerve with all those blood thirsty freaks. FREEDOM OF SPEECH GOES BOTH WAYS...SUCK IT!!!

    March 25, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Calm down, people. It's a slow news day and CNN threw us this bone so we can fight for the hell of it.

    March 25, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Michael Young

    Charlton Heston was an actor? You could have fooled me!

    March 25, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. anthrogeekgurl

    Good on Carey! Judging from what others have posted, he struck a raw nerve with those blood thirsty freaks. FREEDOM OF SPEECH, IT GOES BOTH WAYS!

    March 25, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. just sayin

    too bad charlton heston isn't alive to mop the floor with this little canadian creme puff.

    March 25, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. sandysfinerthingsinlife

    Agreed, it seems Carey is 'gunning' for attention. Shameful he mocks the dead. Canadian or not; thought he was better than that. Guess not.

    March 25, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. John Smyth

    Carrey should spend his time going after the autism idiots who made him look like a fool first.

    That would clean up his reputation.

    March 25, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Never could stand Heston or Reagan. And when they got involved in politics and controversies it just made me turn the tv off. Yuck ................................................

    Don't know anything about Carey, but commedians are supposed to be funny, not serious.

    March 25, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. michael

    way to go jim. heston the nra and all of the tough guy gun nuts can go to he..!
    the nra's days are numbered

    March 25, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. bob baden

    Some of you out there seem to think that there isn't a simple issue more important than someone taking away your guns. Honestly, I've never seen such a group of whining children in my life. Every time there is talk of gun control you all run out and buy more guns and then point at Obama and complain he is going to take your little penis extension away from you. Hardly. This President has done little to control guns. I used to be pre 2nd Amend but not anymore. You people have the wrong energy behind your opinions.

    March 25, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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