Jim Carrey Kind-of Apologizes to ‘Assault Rifle Fans’

Bryan Enk
Movie Talk

Jim Carrey is apparently becoming a kinder, gentler proponent of gun control.

The "Kick-Ass 2" star stirred up quite a controversy two weeks ago when he suddenly turned his back on next month's comic book adaptation due to its portrayal of high school students as ass-kicking vigilantes, a premise he's now uncomfortable with after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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"I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," the star announced via Twitter. "My apologies to others involve [sic] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."

Now, Carrey has followed up distancing himself from "Kick-Ass 2" with a somewhat out-of-nowhere apology to "assault rifle fans" for past name-calling. The star released the following pair of tweets yesterday morning:

As Huffington Post points out, no specific name-calling was referenced, though Carrey has certainly used a few colorful terms to describe opponents of gun control in the past.

"'Cold Dead Hand' is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids.Sorry if you're offended…," he tweeted on March 24.

"My love to the victims in Colorado. The kid ws sick bt u who can still support automatic weapon sales r the real maniacs in this country," he tweeted on July 21, 2012.

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As Carrey says in yesterday's tweets that his "position on assault weapons hasn't changed," we assume that means he's still turning his back on "Kick-Ass 2," a move that has upset many of his colleagues, including "Kick-Ass" author Mark Millar.

"As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago," Millar wrote via MillarWorld. "Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called 'Kick-Ass 2' really has to do what it says on the tin."

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"Kick-Ass 2" is scheduled to have a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 19, and no doubt Lionsgate will be trying to deflect all of the Carrey controversy.

"Kick-Ass 2" opens August 16.

See Jim Carrey in the 'Kick-Ass 2' theatrical trailer: