Christopher Mintz-Plasse says it's a "bummer" Jim Carrey doesn't want to promote Kick-Ass 2.
The veteran actor - who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the action sequel - withdrew his support of the film earlier this year, feeling it is too violent in light of the Sandy Hook school shootings, and his co-star is saddened by his decision but finds his opinion "understandable".
He said: "It's a bummer because he's so good in the movie that I would love to have him promoting the movie, but with everything that's happened, it's totally understandable why [he doesn't want to].
"We really upped the ante with the violence in this one and I think with all the tragedies that have happened this year, that's on people's minds, which is terrible. Violence is always controversial - nothing you can do."
Mintz-Plasse went on to defend Carrey's controversial decision, insisting it is difficult to envision how the film will look on screen compared to the script.
He explained: "You read the script and you're like, 'Oh, it's violent', but when you actually see it in front of you, it's a lot more violent than you think it's gonna be on the page.
"He saw the finished product and he just couldn't get behind it. I respect the guy's opinion."
Kick-Ass 2 is in cinemas from Thursday.
- Bang! Showbiz