Stand-up comedian-turned-actor Kevin Hart is all set to make 2014 the year he takes center stage as one of the most successful comic to make movies since Kevin James.
Hopefully Hart’s slate of 2014 releases—including the much-anticipated Ride Along—will fare better than 2013’s Grudge Match, which sits at 24 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer and has made a paltry $25 million to date. Kevin Hart is touted as one of the film’s few bright points, of course.
In Ride Along, Kevin Hart plays Ben, a fast-talking security guard hoping to impress James, his girlfriend’s hot-headed cop brother, played by Ice Cube. The action-comedy, due out January 17, sees Hart working again with Tim Story, director of 2012’s box office hit Think Like A Man. Kevin Hart won Best Actor at the BET Awards for his role as Cedric. Hart reprises his role for the movie’s sequel, Think Like A Man Too, which is currently in post production with an expected release this summer on June 20.
In addition to reuniting with Story for the sequel, Kevin Hart is once again joined by co-star Michael Ealy, of FOX’s Almost Human, on the cast of About Last Night. According to the tagline on IMDB, this romantic comedy is about “New love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.” Hart and Ealy star in About Last Night alongside Joy Bryant and Regina Hall, with an expected release date on Valentine’s Day.
Hart also starred in Nick Cannon’s School Dance, which is finished but does not have a scheduled date for release. Kevin is currently filming Chris Rock’s Finally Famous, a movie about a comedian who tries to make the transition to being a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiance convinces him to broadcast their wedding on her TV show. Additionally, Kevin Hart is working on The Wedding Ringer, another comedy with an expected February, 2015 release.
With all this work, how does Kevin Hart find the energy? Ice Cube has a theory.
He’s the Energizer Bunny,” Cube jokes in an interview. “I don’t know if it’s coffee or cocaine, I don’t know what it is, but he’s the Energizer Bunny.”
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