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."

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  1. G

    HAHA thats some funny stuff. If you don't think its funny, then you are part of the problem.

    March 26, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Frank

    And what a fine example Jim is with regard to children, abandoning his autistic son and all.

    March 26, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. WordUpToo

    @KS – doesn't your comment apply to Heston too? Or does it only work one way, when you don't agree?

    March 26, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. paulm5545

    One actor with a dead career commenting on another actor who is dead...

    March 26, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Sackett

    Carrey's portrayal of gun advocates is not much different than what most of the world already thinks, except maybe for Somalia.

    March 26, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Gino

    When Heston checked out, he should have left directions to have his body impaled on an assault rifle.

    March 26, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. shoos

    Mostly Jim Carrey's humor is meh. But that was kind of funny.

    March 26, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Taxpaying Voter

    Just another sad irrelevant individual grasping at straws trying to remain in the spotlight. I would venture to say most people do not take him seriously anymore.

    March 26, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Mr Carrey should devote his time to his relationships and leave the thinking to the professionals.

    March 26, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Scott Anderson

    Hats off to Jim Carrey, expressing real and honest frustration, with America's inability to do the right thing in regard to gun control. Take the guns off the streets, and save countless lives. There is a connection to the number of guns, and ease of access to guns to the number of senseless deaths from firearms massacres. Will it take another civil war, for the Americans to finally do the right thing. Ban Assault rifles.

    March 26, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Patrick McCoy

    He needs to go back to being funny instead of laying those steaming piles like this and Burt Wonderstone.

    March 26, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    paulm5545 that was the perfect comment. Well Done!

    March 26, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    "One actor with a dead career commenting on another actor who is dead..." an instant classic...

    March 26, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. harpomang

    Thanks for your input Jim. Now please go do something you're good at; like making funny movies.

    March 26, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. WillB

    Something you won't see on Wolfe Blitzer today is the video of Mark Kelly (mr. Gabby Gifford) letting his pit bull off it's least on a crowded beach in Calif. and standing by while the dog attacks and kills a seal pup. Mr. Giffords only reacts to pull the dog off when he notices that someone is filming his dog kill a "protected" animal and he fear it might damage his holier than thou image. He quickly grabs the dog from the dead pup, then blames the whole thing on his 18 year old daughter ("not my dog, it's her's"). CNN won't run the video but you can watch it on youtube. He can run (and he does) but he can't hide. Anyone who owns a vicious dog and allows it to run free is a menace to society.

    March 26, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. BuckNaked

    If Carrey is considered a skillful actor you are the problem.... Hows your Autistic child doing you abandoned..... P.O.S.

    March 26, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. 37Tiger37

    ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz... Jim who?

    March 26, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. mb2010a

    As I recall, Heston wasn't buried with a gun in his "cold, dead hands" so I guess they got his gun...

    March 26, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Smarg

    Carrey is a mentally defective loser now. He used to be funny, but has faded into a sad shell of his former self.

    March 26, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. cubicalman

    Meh...Heston was just another angry old white guy w/ a gun..i.e. a typical Republican.

    March 26, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Dallas Dancer

    Jim Carrey's career is OVER, so he grasps at straws to stay in the news. Thought it was rather tasteless. Also, for those of you talking about him abandoning his autistic son... that was his then love's (Jenny McCarthy) kid, not his.

    March 26, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. D

    If a conservative actor and done a similar skit for a dead liberal the tone of this article and comments would be far more angry over him daring to show such disrespect to the dead actor.

    March 26, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Sly

    Comedians mock Hitler as well ... fair game.

    March 26, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Mike121948

    Funny or Die? Well it wasn't funny so hopefully Jim will live up to his commitment.

    March 26, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Suggesting someone who has passed not going to heaven because of guns. I guess all the soldiers that protect your ungrateful as$es can keep him company wherever he is. Not funny, cheap shot by an attention seeker whose carrier is over.

    March 26, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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