Kevin Hart is quickly becoming one of the world’s most bankable comedic actors.
Although some may believe that Hart stumbled across some sort of ancient secret regarding Hollywood success, the stand-up comedian isn’t using voodoo or dark magic to woo the masses. In fact, his philosophy is actually quite simple.
During his recent interview with GQ magazine, Kevin Hart dished on his secret for success in the entertainment business. In short: The Ride Along star isn’t trying to win over a specific niche or fanbase. He puts together material that people from all walks of life can enjoy.
“You make yourself broad. You make yourself appealing. ‘Hey, y’all, I’m cool with everybody.’ That’s my message,” Hart told the publication.
It’s obvious that Kevin Hart’s brand of comedy appeals to a very wide audience. Director Tim Story’s Ride Along, a film that found the comedian starring alongside rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube, was a huge hit at the box office towards the beginning of the year. Hart firmly believes his career in stand-up helped the movie achieve worldwide success.
“The reason these films don’t cross the water is they feel they don’t have international appeal. But that’s the beauty of what I do: as a stand-up comedian I’ve travelled all over the world and I’ve pulled massive numbers,” Hart told news.com.au.
He added, “When they try to keep these quote-unquote urban films in one place, it makes me laugh. They’re no longer urban films. They might have a predominantly black cast, but they’re good movies.”
Hart and Ice Cube certainly proved that Ride Along wasn’t just an urban movie. The $25 million comedy generated a whopping $151 million worldwide, prompting the boys and girls over at Universal Pictures to move forward with a sequel. The film should arrive in theaters across the globe in early 2016.
“Once we got on set, we both had the same agenda, which was to knock this movie out of the damn park and make sure we both brought our A-game. It takes a true professional to let someone like myself come in and have the opportunity to be funny and riff, and Cube didn’t mind doing that. That’s a major thing,” Hart previously explained to Collider.
The comedian continued, “There are so many people who would try to battle with the funny. Cube did a great job of playing his lane and letting me do my thing, and I take my hat off to him for that. It’s a different level of respect I have for guys like that.”
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