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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  1. Jorge Sedano

    Carrey why not make another movie where you live in a bubble and are the only one that doesn't know that.. What a sad tribute you are to Americans... and a racist to boot...

    March 26, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. liberal disease

    mocking the dead, what a nice canadian lib, why doesn't he mock all of the shootings in Chicago, black on black?..no guts
    typical lib!

    March 26, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. really...

    This is a "TOP U.S. STORY"? What a load. More quality "news". "Guess what everyone, a comedian was caught satirizing a dead gun advocate!" Great job, CNN!

    March 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Steve

    A no class move by Jim Carrey. For the record, Mr Heston long advocated for Freedom beyond the Second Amendment and he was among the very first of Hollywood movie stars to march with Martin Luther King for Civil Rights during the early '60s – at a time when it was considered professional suicide in Hollywood.

    It's interesting how the hippies of the '60s were "anti-establishment" – but now that they are in charge, they have become the establishment – and have become the very bureaucrats they dispise.

    March 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Thor

    Before guns were a big thing, we got things signed with an army of pitchforks and other farm impements. Do you really think that we will be controlled with your petty little bans? Perhaps you might turn to the Middle East where they use a more formidable "illegal" method of imposing force from the people onto..... well.... other people. But, for us Europeans.... axes work just fine. Have you ordered your axe lately?

    March 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. thedude

    Jim Carrey dont share our rights he is canadian... Ahh how a boot some pond hockey.... used to be a big carrey fan USED TO BE....

    March 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Dennis

    There's an old saying, "those who ignore history are bound to repeat it." We are often reminded of the Holocaust because it was one of those evil and horoundous chapters in the history of humankind and unless we try to channel our future by making sure mistakes of the past are not repeated, then it is more likely that our journey ahead would be triumphant.

    March 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Rosemary

    I wonder.....The Liberals claim that the NRA is in the pay of the gun manufacturers, but I just wonder..... Diane Feinstein, Obama, and these ignorant failed actors have done more for gun and ammo sales then the NRA ever did. I'll bet every time gun sales get slow, "somebody" slips a Liberal lawmaker a few bucks to advocate gun control, and the sales take off again. Just sayin.

    March 26, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. are122

    Mocking the dead ranks right up there with shooting unarmed little girls. No worry about the consequences. They can't protect themselves.

    March 26, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. reality check

    Where are the comments from actors about Big Sis' ammo purchases?

    March 26, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. mia in California

    I see that the fox news readers now flock to cnn. I don't think that Heston is the first dead celebrity ever mocked.

    March 26, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. TimC

    "Ben Hur" and "The Ten Commandments" vs. "Ace Ventura" and "The Mask"
    Marched with MLK for civil rights vs. spoofing Hee Haw
    President of NRA vs. running a Twitter feed

    Kinda says it all, doesn't it?

    March 26, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Checked_Other

    It's comedy – relax! It's no different from any other parody, just a different subject matter. Comedians poke fun at many celebs both dead and alive.

    March 26, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Jean

    Jim Carrey lamely trying to stay relevant – what a tool. I don't mind so much his mocking a dead man but mocking the American people who choose to exercise their second amendment right – Carey can shove off.

    March 26, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. cribbooky

    The gun control noise is just that, and Jimmy is buying it. If the government actually cared about personal safety, they would reform the welfare system such that those requiring assistance lived in a controlled, progressive community. Instead there are criminal factories in EVERY inner city neighborhood. These neighborhoods serve multiple objectives. They provide a biased group voters who receive benefits without conditions or reciprocation, and it provides a population of unconstrained have-nots so that Big Brother can step in and "protect us" as it gets out of control. It's funny how freedom is used as an excuse to let dependents live in the wild on their own terms while imposing slavery through taxation on the working class. Enjoy the smoke and mirrors about gun ownership. It's divisive and keeps our bipartisan machine balanced for effective execution of orchestrated obstructionism.

    March 26, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. Bill in VA

    Pathetic is about all I can say. So you don't agree with him. There are other ways to make your points.

    March 26, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Dan

    Too bad Jim Carrey! You just lost what little respect anyone had for you. This shows your true level of respect and disdain for our freedoms and liberty's. I will express myself with my wallet and dollars, something you do understand. No more watching or buying B class class movies from a classless Canadian trying to be Jerry Lewis, and a poor one at that, .

    March 26, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. michael p fink

    Really? Hollywood and a lot its' celebrities have been asked to stop portraying smoking as glamorous because of its' influence america's movie goers. They have also been asked to tone down other aspects of movie making ie: violence, glamorous life styles of "gangsters", oh sorry I forgot what you all out there are doing is art and has nothing to do with interpretation of that art and its' if any, influence on society. Maybe you should all be honest about not practicing what you preach. How many street gang members are law abiding gun owners? Your target for anti gun violence needs to have a better and defined target.

    March 26, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. hypacrits all of ya!

    not nice to mock dead people huh? guess you all loved osama bin laden

    March 26, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Mocking the Dead

    Why is mocking the dead any less acceptable in our society than mocking those who are still here? It's offensive and vile either way. Carrey would probably gain more respect for using his political voice if he didn't shroud his opinions in any form of humor.

    March 26, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. not a lib

    Carrey is a clown, why give him any more credence than we give Bill Maher ? Seriously, any "news" outlet that reports on this as relevant news is no better than a tabloid, which unfortunately includes just about all of our news outlets. Jim should have to return all his proceeds from The Mask, which of course shows the use of large capacity guns and magazines all over the place, let he turn out to be a hypocrite and a clown ?
    Meanwhile, where is Obama spending his next multimillion dollar vacation (PS – daughters at Atlantis I hear) while denying kids fun at the White House ? Buffoons, all of them. Vote them out and start the healing.

    March 26, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. snap out of it

    Stop hating on Canadians. To jusge one persons words or actions and then associate him with an entire country is both Niave and discriminatory. Would you like the world to view America based on one persons behaviour? So all of you are like Little Wayne, or Lindsay Lohan? Comon, snap out of it,!

    March 26, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @May and Rosemary

    Buying up all the guns in America don't prove anything other than displaying how ignorant and incompetent you people really are. The regulations and background checks in question are not to take your guns or rights away but rather to ensure than guns don't get into the hands of criminals. Of course, regulation doesn't mean all gun violence would cease but it is the job and responsibility of our government to take some steps to safeguard our communities and the American people.

    March 26, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. graymare47

    Shame, shame, shame on you, Jim Carey. Charleton Heston is an icon and 10 million times the actor you will never be!

    March 26, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Den-O

    That's too bad. I liked Jim Carrey. Now I don't. He just joined the continuously growing list of celebs that I use to like until they went political. Robert DeNiro is another. How pathetic.

    March 26, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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