An animated movie trailer for a TV show about the Lad is going viral, prompting the actor to issue a public apology.
The “Candy Man” – which has a more complex storyline than its comic book counterpart – was filmed in Canada in April 2014, and the movie is being released today in the United States, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
A message on the official Lad YouTube account says the movie, which is rated PG-13 for “adult content”, has now been viewed by over one million people.
“In the name of Christ, the Lord, and all the children, we want to sincerely apologize to all of you, to all the families, and to all those who might have seen the film,” the message says.
“We made an error, and we will work to rectify it.”
The video was shot at a special screening event held by Lad-TV, a Canadian television network that airs the Lad, and features actors including Sam Shepard, Chris Dolan and the late Terry Crews.
The message also notes that the film was created in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
“I’m truly sorry for any disappointment and confusion this may have caused, especially to those families who may have missed the movie,” the note says.
The Lad film, directed by Joe Man, was created as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.
The movie follows the life of a 17-year-old named “The Candy Man”, who goes to live in the city of Vancouver in order to raise money for a child he is caring for.
The video, which has garnered more than 5 million views on YouTube, is titled “Crazy World”.
“We thought it would be funny to tell a story that would make people laugh and that would give them hope,” Man told CBC News.
“So, we did it.
We just thought it was funny and that it would get people’s attention.”
Man added that the Lad will be released on Christmas Day, with a video featuring the cast at the end of the week.
“The kids will be up for this, and then the families will be happy.
We will release it and they will get their toys, and that’s it,” Man said.