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Funny man, Kevin Hart has done it again. With his recent shenanigans over the weekend in the celebrity NBA All Star game to another great role in the box office movie ‘About Last Night’. ‘About Last Night’ came in second this past weekend at the movies. The movie racked in $27 million second to “The Lego Movie”, which racked in $48.8 million.
“I don’t think there’s anyone funnier out there today than Kevin Hart,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. “He’s at the top, and he couldn’t be nicer or more hardworking guy. He got out there and promoted ‘About Last Night’ really, really hard. The chemistry that he brings to the table is just infectious. You can’t help but wanna take the ride with him.”
His hard work ethic has gotten Hart, 34, to where he is today. The Philadelphia native has been steadily climbing the rungs of the entertainment ladder for the last decade, and now he’s having a bit of a moment. “Ride Along,” the action buddy comedy in which he stars with Ice Cube, was No. 1 at the box office for three weeks in January.
The actor immediately followed up after “Ride Along” with “About Last Night,” a remake of the 1986 film of the same name. In it, he plays Bernie, an obnoxious, womanizing loudmouth who is the opposite of the nebbish, wannabe cop he played in “Ride Along.” The two roles are his way of proving himself to audiences, he says.
“When you show your fans that you are diverse and you have different approaches to the material you’re taking, they’ll start to respect you as an artist,” says Hart. “That’s what I’m trying to get to.”
But the divorced father of two was no prodigy or overnight success. A career C+ student, he dropped out of community college after only a few weeks. But he was always interested in business, particularly the business of entertainment.
He also had a passion for stand-up comedy, and the 5-foot-4 comic honed his act for 17 years to get it where it is today. He waited until his routine was polished enough that he could release his shows theatrically, through his own HartBeat Productions, and retain ownership of the final product.