Jim Carrey has shocked producers of forthcoming comic-book sequel Kick-Ass 2, in which he stars as a baseball-bat-wielding masked crimefighter, after denouncing the “level of violence” that permeates the film in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Carrey, who has been an outspoken proponent of increased gun control in the wake of the shootings by gunman Adam Lanza in December, tweeted on Sunday that he could no longer support the film. He wrote: “I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

Whatever. This is a time-honored method for struggling actors to make themselves out to be bigger than the schlock they star in. Carrey has been publicly embarrassed to be a comedian, to essentially be the real-life Ace Ventura, for years now. He tried playing the role of the spiritual guy when Bruce Almighty came out. Nobody cared. Now he’s reading for the part of serious gun control activist.

It’s just another role he’s playing.