The “Think Like a Man” actor is stepping into an array of roles these days and he dished about his recent work on TV and upcoming leading film roles, on of which is “About Last Night.”
*The year 2004 was a blessing and a curse for Kevin Hart.
He scored his first leading role in the film “Soul Plane,” but…the movie was “Soul Plane.” The comedy was panned by critics, blasted by some African Americans as stereotypical and suffered at the box office.
The same year, Hart also booked his own ABC series “The Big House,” but it was cancelled after just 28 days.
Adding insult to injury, there was very little money coming in from his standup.
“That was a rough stint in my career because as a comedian I wasn’t known, so I wasn’t making money on the road,” Hart says. “I was doing colleges here and there and I was probably getting $500 or $600 a college but it would cost me $300 to fly to the university. When I was doing comedy clubs, I was doing seven shows for the weekend and walk away with $900, but after paying for my flight and the rental car, that $900 would get knocked down to $600. That wasn’t really giving me a comfortable lifestyle. It was struggle.”
Fast forward seven years to the release of “Laugh at My Pain,” the theatrical version of his 90-city comedy tour in 2011 that earned a staggering $15 million in ticket sales. His stop at LA’s Nokia Theater put him in the record books as the first African-American comedian to pocket over $1.1 million for two-day ticket sales, unseating previous record holder Eddie Murphy.
The sudden box office star was soon landing roles in such big-budget films as “The Five Year Engagement” and “Think Like a Man,” with “Grudge Match” opposite Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone, and top billing on “Ride Along” opposite Ice Cube on the horizon.
As Hart prepares for the July 3 release of his new standup film “Let Me Explain,” he takes a moment to look back on those lean years following his bittersweet experience of 2004.
“Let Me Explain” opens July 3. Watch the trailer below.
*Kevin Hart will play a best-man-for-hire who helps out a socially awkward Josh Gad in a currently untitled comedy for Screen Gems and Miramax, reports Deadline.com.
The film follows Jimmy (Hart) who provides best man services for men who don’t have best friends. Groom Doug (Gad) is a socially awkward guy who finds himself without a best man. He makes up not only a best man, but nine groomsmen, and eventually seeks out Jimmy’s help to create his fictional friends.
The project was written by Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up,” “Police Academy”) and Jay Lavender (“The Break-Up”), with the former also set to direct.
Hart’s previous film work includes ensemble film “Think Like a Man.” He next will be seen in the concert film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.”
*Yes! It’s official. “Think Like a Man, Too” has the green light. But the sad news is we’ll have to wait until next summer to watch it.
According to Shadow and Act, the movie based on Steve Harvey’s best selling book on relationships was produced on a $12 million budget, but raked in a stunning $91 million.
Not too many details have been announced, including the storyline, but so far, Will Packer has signed on to produce the film and both Keith Merryman and David A. Newman have jumped on board to write the script.
In the meantime, Steve Harvey explained to Sister 2 Sister that he’s serious about executing his vision.
“You can’t take my book and turn it into anything close to buffoonery,” said Harvey. “The first movie wasn’t—and it really struck a nerve with men and women—and so the second movie has to be in that same vein.”
He continued, “I’d love to duplicate the success of the first one,” said Harvey. “That’s going to be pretty hard, but we’ll get there eventually.”
The beautiful and popular actress of movies such as “Jumping the Broom,” “Think Like A Man,” “Stomp the Yard,” and “Eve’s Bayou” was set to star in a Whitney Houston biopic in February 2012. She had even talked with Whitney about the film shortly before her death.
Good tells theGrio she still wants to bring the role to fruition.
“It is something that I want to do still because I think that there’s obviously a lot that people don’t know and understand. I really want people to see her heart and understand who she was and how she was. I’ve spent a good amount of time with her and she is endearing and her heart is very pure. I totally get how we can both be completely unstoppable yet destructive,” Good reveals.
Meagan, who is currently starring in her first lead role in a television series, the upcoming NBC drama, “Deception,” continues …
“We had…set up to meet two days later to talk about it, because she was like ‘how will it end?…I think it ends with Sparkle,” Good said. ”I think the movie ends with a new beginning.”
Deception premieres January 7, at 10/9c on NBC.
*For those who decided to wait until “Think Like a Man” hit cable, Saturday is your day.
The film based on Steve Harvey’s bestseller will premiere Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on STARZ, the network announced.
The film follows a quartet of would-be players who discover their girlfriends are using a “Think Like a Man” self-help book to tame their beaus. The men, in turn, try to turn the tables in what turns out to be a battle of the sexes.
Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Hart lead the ensemble cast.
Additional show times are listed below: (Scroll down for the trailer.)
Schedule (all times are ET/PT on STARZ)
Saturday, January 5th 9:00pm – STARZ Saturday Premiere
Sunday, January 6th 6:50 pm
Tuesday, January 8th 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 17th 10:30 pm
Wednesday, January 23rd 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 27th 10:05 pm