Jim Carrey Tweets 'Love' for Assault Rifle Owners

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
 Kevin Lynch

Jim Carrey is apologizing to owners of assault rifles weeks after he publicly condemned his upcoming film, Kick-Ass 2, for being too violent.

The actor posted a series of tweets on Sunday night addressing his harsh criticism of gun owners, writing: "Asslt rifle fans,I do not agree wth u,nor do I fear u but I do love u and I'm sorry tht in my outrage I called you names.That was wrong."

"Btw I don't need a crisis mgr, just a conscience. Calling ppl names is inappropriate but my position on assault weapons hasn't changed," he wrote, hours later adding: "Only love is cool."

Last month, Carrey announced on Twitter that he was pulling support for the action sequel Kick-Ass 2 in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, which claimed the lives of 26 children and adults, and refueled a nationwide debate over gun violence. In response, Mark Millar, who created the comic on which the movie is based, wrote on his website, "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. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin."

The Jeff Wadlow-directed picture, slated for release Aug. 16, features Carrey as masked superhero Colonel Stars and Stripes, who joins the crime-fighting group of kids (led by Chloe Grace Moretz) in the follow-up to the popular 2010 comedy. 

Carrey's upcoming films also include Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Ricky Stanicky and Dumb and Dumber To, opposite Jeff Daniels.

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