It’s a great day to be Kevin Hart (INTERVIEW)
It’s a great day to be Kevin Hart. The actor and comedian starred in six films in 2014 and is currently promoting his first film of 2015, The Wedding Ringer. Later this year he’ll star in a comedy with Will Ferrell entitled Get Hard.
And he has several films in various stages of production until 2017. To some, Hart may appear to be an overnight success but he’s been constantly honing his craft over the past nineteen years.
He talks to AimerAmour about setting achievable goals, why The Wedding Ringer will exceed your expectations, what he’s doing philanthropically as well as what black Hollywood is doing for the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond.
AimerAmour Magazine: The writers of The Wedding Ringer, Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender, wrote the script more than ten years ago and it was basically shelved during a studio buyout. The making of this film is a result of perseverance and resilience! You’ve worked in this industry nearly two decades, how have you continued to reassure yourself that this was the right path for you?
Kevin Hart: I think it’s what’s in you as a person. Some people have a hard time setting realistic goals. When you set goals that are achievable, once you’ve accomplished one thing, it motivates you to move forward and take another step. It’s incremental growth; everything doesn’t happen at once. It’s a long road to get to where you ultimately want to be.
If for example, you want to be a director, the first goal should be establishing yourself within an environment of other people that aspire to do the same thing. When you’re surrounded by people who share your same passion, you guys will constantly figure out ways to make each other better.
Get your own equipment and work on your craft. We live in a world where your content can go viral for free. If people like what you do, your fan base will grow on its own. 50 people watching turns into 500, 500 into 1000, and the numbers will keep growing. Once you have a product and numbers, you can reach out to people to be apart of what you’re working on. It’s that simple but so many people are afraid of the long journey in the middle. I’m nineteen years in; my last four years have been amazing but what about the fifteen years before that? People don’t see or understand that. That’s why I walk with my head held high because I’m happy. I stayed true to what I believe in.
AAM: If you could only serve one food and one drink at your wedding what would it be?
KH: Fried Chicken and Water.
AAM: What are some misconceptions in people thinking that you’re at the height of your career?
KH: (Laughs) That I’m at the height of my career! I’m 35, in my prime, doing what I love to do to the best of my ability and because of that, the projects and the opportunities only get bigger and better. I’m honestly excited about my future and what’s to come. I’m challenging myself and taking on projects that can propel me to a different level. People should understand that I work hard for a reason. The ultimate goal for me is to become a mogul. You can’t do that or become that by sitting down and being complacent. You have to constantly be moving forward.
AAM: In The Wedding Ringer, are you really acting? Or are you just being yourself? How do you prepare to be a fake best man?
KH: (Laughs) I love this question. Of course, I’m acting, I’m reading lines from a script and it’s my job to make those lines believable. It’s my job to make my character real. What I do is put myself into a situation and think how would I act? How can I come across differently? How can I show levels? How can I be personable and vulnerable? How can I drive the story?
I think at this point, people have to acknowledge the fact that Kevin Hart can act a little bit. We’ve seen him in different projects where he’s different people. Ride Along, Think Like A Man 1 & 2, About Last Night, just to name a few. In all these films I’m a completely different version of myself than I am in the Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET). Unless I’m being asked to play a role in 300 or a period piece where I have to say, “Thy form cries out thou art.” (Shakespeare) I can be versions of the characters I create for myself which is dope because you just show levels.