Jim Carrey Can't Support 'Kick Ass 2' Violence After Sandy Hook

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Jim Carrey might have reported for duty as the zany (and in desperate need of an upgraded dental plan) Colonel Stars and Stripes in Universal's second round of teen superhero a**-kickery — and, presumably, collected many shillings for the job — but this weekend, the gent had a total Grinch-goes-good moment with his heart growing two sizes too big to support the kinda slashin', bashin' and dashin' going down in "Kick-Ass 2."

Carrey, whose character sics a dog on someone's nethers and traipses around merrily with a very blunt instrument in the latest trailer for the film, took to Twitter last night to publicly recuse himself of any promotional duties for the movie, citing a change of heart over its level of violence in light of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut this winter.

When prodded as to why a series of other infamous mass shootings hadn't inspired such a vocal 180° before attaching to the pic, Carrey responded, "It did, over time. That's why my character doesn't use bullets. Evolution."

Following the notice, comic series author Mark Millar reached out with his own thoughts on the development via blog, reminding everyone at the outset that Carrey was originally very aware and enthusiastic about the "Kick-Ass" franchise (having even appeared on "Conan" in costume long before attachment to the follow-up) and declaring that, as a Jim Carrey fan, he thinks the movie contains some of his very best work.

"Carrey in particular is magnificent [in the movie]," Millar wrote. "He's never done anything like this before and even from the trailer, with his masked dog sidekick specially trained to munch criminal balls, you can see that something really fun and special is happening here ... which made it all the more surprising when Jim announced tonight that the gun-violence in 'Kick-Ass 2' has made him withdraw his support from the picture."

"I respect both his politics and his opinion," Millar continued, "but I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called 'Kick-Ass 2' really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much."

Obviously, Millar has a point. When you have a movie where a man shoots his own kid at close range, bulletproot vest testing or not, it's kinda a given that the sequel'd be just as vicious if not more so, right?

However, Carrey's been an increasingly outspoken proponent of gun control lately and obviously felt compelled enough to take this one public ... so, we'll have to see whether he has another change of heart or not as the movie draws nearer to release on on Aug. 16.