Kevin Hart takes aim at film studios over racial categorization

Kevin Hart. (C.M. Wiggins/WENN.COM)

Kevin Hart. (C.M. Wiggins/WENN.COM)

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

Kevin Hart has a little axe to grind before the sequel Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres this Friday.

"Here's the thing. We do a movie with a predominantly black cast and it's put in a category of being a black film. When other movies are done with a predominantly white cast, we don't call them a white film. I'm just trying to remove the stigma off things they call black films," says the diminutive actor.

By 'they', Hart seems to be referring to the studios. "I'm saying the things I'm saying because this is a good movie — not a good black movie. A good movie in general. At the end of the day our movies are appealing to all people, not just black people. You can't do 90 million at the box office by just getting black people to come see something," he says, referring to the huge box-office success of Think Like A Man. "Those numbers mean everyone is coming to see it."

For sure, everyone is coming to see Kevin Hart these days. One of the few comics to make a smooth transition from stand-up to TV to movies, Hart, 34, started in comedy clubs while still a teen and caught his first break in 2000 when he was cast in the television series Undeclared.

He's had a string of sold-out comedy tours, including Seriously Funny and Laugh At My Pain, in the last few years.

Hart made his film debut in 2002 in Paper Soldiers; he then turned up in some very successful movies, including The 40 Year Old Virgin, Scary Movie 4, Fool's Gold, Death At A Funeral, Little Fockers, This is The End, Ride Along and About Last Night.

"I've got one called The Wedding Ringer coming, too," says Hart, enthusiastically.

He's got five or six more movies than that, stretching into 2017...

"I'm ecstatic right now," admits Hart. "I'm in a good place."

The Philadelphia native says he's working hard but it's nothing he can't handle.

"I have a balance. I never let it get to the point where I don't know which way is up and which is down. You need time for yourself. I make time in the gym and the sauna, that's my alone time, that's my meditating time, that's time I take to refresh and make sure that things are going the way they're supposed to."

He adds, "I love the fact I'm crazy busy. I love the fact I can handle it even more."

He does have a reputation as a very hard worker.

"A reputation as a hard worker is a good reputation to have," he says, laughing.

"It's also about being professional, and very loyal to the people who put me here, which would be my fans. I feel like I have a job to do. I feel like I have to constantly reinvent myself... the more I up the ante for myself, the better it is in the long run."

Hart says he doesn't mind when his fans stop him to say hello.

"I try to interact with my fans as much as possible. I'm a personable person. It's good that the person I'm being on stage isn't really an act. It's really me."

The father of two is actually kind of serious for such a famously funny guy.

When did the funny business begin for Hart?

"I was probably around 11," he says. "My mom was about to whup me with a belt. I said something she couldn't help but laugh at, and I thought I might be funny. 'Cause If I could stop a whupping with comedy," he says, laughing, "I'm doing the right thing."

 


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