Jim Carrey slammed his new movie Kick-Ass 2 for its excessive violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting last December.

Carrey, 51, filmed Kick-Ass 2 before the tragic shooting occurred, and now refuses to promote the film because he can’t support the violence depicted in it. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e / I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart,” he tweeted.

Mark Millar, the co-writer of the original Kick-Ass comic book series, replied to Carrey’s comments. “Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it's the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation,” Millar wrote. “Ironically, Jim's character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.”

Carrey, a major advocate for gun control, has made his stance clear. In April 2013, he penned an Op-Ed for The Huffington Post expressing his wishes for more gun control. “I would trade my money, my fame, my reputation and legacy if there were the slightest chance of preventing the anguish of another Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, or Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Carrey wrote. “I ask you, truly, what manner of human being would not?”

Kick-Ass 2, which also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, is due out in theaters June 28. Carrey stars as Colonel Stars and Stripes, who joins Kick Ass and his crew in the film.

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