Jim Carrey has responded to the immense backlash against the design of Sonic The Hedgehog for the upcoming cinematic reboot of the beloved video-game character.
Carrey, who will star in the film as the villainous Robotnik, with Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic, questioned the idea of audiences forcing a film to be changed before it has even been released, during his recent appearance at the Television Critics Association panel for his show Kidding.
"Sometimes, you find the collective consciousness finds it wants something and then when it gets it: 'I just wanted it, I didn't care about it. I just jumped on the bandwagon.’ Ownership of anything is going out the window for all of us,” remarked Carrey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The publication also reported that Carrey “[acknowledged] fans ‘had the sense of ownership’ of the character because it is from their childhood.”
This entire debacle began back in May when the debut trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog was released, which gave the world their first glimpse at how the character had been reimagined for the big-screen.
Audiences were immediately furious at the character’s design, though. So much so that its director Jeff Fowler quickly took to Twitter to announce that the character was going to be altered, which meant that its original release date of November 8 was delayed over three months.
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Fowler also wrote, "Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” as well as, “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear ... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”
We’ll see what that is when Sonic The Hedgehog is finally released on February 14, 2020.