March 25th, 2013
01:46 PM ET
7 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."

Filed under: Gun rights
soundoff (593 Responses)
  1. E. Hufflebutt

    An anti-vaccine advocate talking about how to protect children is like Paula Deen talking about how to prevent diabetes.

    March 26, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Roger

    Jim Carey has no idea what he's doing. To me, it looks like he's got the maturity of a Junior High School student.

    March 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. chuck

    a tasteless example of a actor that portrays silly characters.shame on carrey for insulting a movie icon. carrie wishes he was half as good as a actor,as charlton Heston was. Even more he is insulting a actor that has been deceased for a couple of yrs now,and has no influence at all with the recent gun debates.His movies should be avoided by those that have respect for the deceased, and especially a deceased great movie icon.

    March 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. ChrisH

    I bet Carrey owns a gun or two, just saying....

    March 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Linda

    Bottom line. In his glory days Heston was a fine actor. However,in his old age Charleston Heston was a nut case.

    March 26, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. David

    This character, Carrey, Is A complete moron.

    March 26, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    I love the faux outrage from the right wing.

    Rush Limbaugh makes fun of Michael J. Fox and his Parkinson's tremors – Their response: Lighten up Liberals, he's just an entertainer, you need a sense of humor,can't you take a joke?

    Jim Carrey makes fun of Charlton Heston – Their response Oh the humanity! Such disrespect for an icon! He should be ashamed! How could he? He should keep his mouth shut!

    March 26, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. JMorcan

    Freedom and gun ownership are completely intertwined. You can accept the bad that comes with it or live in a country that treats all citizens like prisoners.

    March 26, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. mndudester

    Jim Carry, what a looser, attacking a dead American that can't even defend himself. I bet dollars to donuts that he has an armed body guard. Jim has no qualms holding a gun and shooting people in movies to make a buck, what a hypocrite...

    March 26, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Mark

    I find it highly laughable that folks who are critical of Jim Carry for doing this acting stint ignore Mr. Heston for his acting stint as NRA president ....

    March 26, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Sharron Hawkins

    I will never go see a Jim Carey movie again.

    March 26, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Melissa

    Jim Carey HAD to do something to get back in the spotlight.

    March 26, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Frank

    The line from Dumb and Dumber is "One in a million", not billion. Just keeping it real.

    March 26, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. I.Q. 173

    As time moves on so does my respect for any of the hollywood people, they are all pro obummer and ant-gunners. I seldomly go to movies anymore because of the disgust I have for the majority of them..

    March 26, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. George


    March 26, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. ecsmith00

    Any society that takes political talking points from "Fire Marshall Bill" needs to seriously reevaluate. Our children are becoming more violent in part because of how the media and hollywood portray violence. Gun control is treating the symptom, not the disease. It is worth noting that no gun control measure currently proposed would have kept that kid in Newtown from doing what he did. Im not a gun owner or activist but we need to seriously think about the causes of an increasingly violent society.

    March 26, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Jason M

    More fodder for the manufactured outrage of the political right.

    So you can't make fun of anyone who's dead? Please. And I don't want to hear this "movie icon" nonsense. Charlton Heston CHOSE the path of political figure after his acting career, and is subject to the same level of scrutiny as any other politician, dead, dying or alive.

    Last I checked, Ronald Reagan was an actor too.

    March 26, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Ben Hur

    Jim who?

    March 26, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. steveme

    Really like I would take anything this guy has to say on anything. I think the only reason why he decided to do this video was because he needed the attention. Anything he has done so far hasn't gotten hi any. I find him to be a pretty boring if not down right lam comedian. Not only has this guy made movie with guns in them and him being the gun totter but he also has body guards whom pack heat for his protection. Another one of these people who think their voice makes a difference when in fact it will back fire on him. I never really like his movies or humor and will make sure I don't watch anything from him from now on. Go hide in a closet and laugh at your self JIm.

    March 26, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. ScalesofJustice

    Wow.....based on comments, is it just me or are all the people against Carey STUPID....plainly put. If ever you wanted to win a gun debate, just ask for the people for Guns to come and comment then we just sit back and laugh at the ridiculousness. Carey is nothing special, any more than you or I, but to bash a man is to bash yourself. This is like one of Carey's characters from the In Living Color Days.......when he was stringy and plain crazy....a good crazy. He tried to bring humor to a endlessly sad and COLORLESS debate. It is who he is, not what he wants to be. Like everyone he doesn't have the answers, but he is interested. Good for him.

    March 26, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Christopher

    just because his movie career is over & will have to back to TV, is no reason to pick on Charles Heston.

    March 26, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Libdumb

    He used to be funny. On wouldn't spend a dime on anything he does. Nothing but a typical Hollywood jerk.

    March 26, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Libdumb

    He used to be funny. I wouldn't spend a dime on anything he does. Nothing more than a typical Hollywood liberal who doesn't have a clue about the average American worker.

    March 26, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Tom

    Sad that these gun control "advocates" want to treat the problem by disarming or making it more difficult for average law-abiding citizens to own a gun. Yet, they don't want a thing to control the use of weapons that criminals or the mentally unstable get their hands on. In almost every single case of rampage gun violence, the perp STOLE the weapons. Ironically, and more to the point, each of them were die-hard liberals.

    March 26, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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