Morris Chestnut andChloë Grace Moretz in "Kick Ass 2," opening Aug. 16

Morris Chestnut and Chloë Grace Moretz in “Kick Ass 2,” opening Aug. 16

*Before returning to theaters in December for “The Best Man Holiday,” Morris Chestnut hits the big screen on Friday in “Kick Ass 2,” joining the action franchise as a legal guardian to main character Mindy…aka Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz).

The original 2010 “Kick Ass” caused controversy over its abundance of profanity and violence performed by child actors. Moretz’s character, a ruthless assassin, was just 11-years-old in the first film. In the trailer below, she’s pulling out guns from her pink backpack. Jim Carrey refused to even promote his role in the sequel citing sensitivity to the Newtown shootings, which happened after production wrapped.

In “Kick Ass 2,” Chestnut is one of the few who doesn’t get to kick ass. “That was messed up. I hated that,” he told us. “Everyone got to have fun and do stunts, and I was the killjoy saying, ‘Don’t do this,’ and ‘don’t do that.’ All these teenagers across America are probably gonna hate me.”

Below, Chestnut gives his take on the franchise’s controversial violence.

“Kick Ass 2” opens in theaters Friday. Watch the trailer below.