In town for a press tour of new cop buddy comedy “Ride Along” with Ice Cube, Mandy sat down with actor and comedian Kevin Hart to talk about the film, the already greenlit sequel, work ethic and his upcoming pairing with Will Ferrell.
The full interview is here, but here are the bits on those future projects :
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Hart says “Yes yes. Everybody’s back on board. It’s a beautiful thing to have it greenlit but right now with “Ride Along” being released internationally we want success out here as well. It’s about putting the movie in position to win and that’s why I want to do the ground work. I want to come out and promote to all these different countries, I want to get myself out there as much as possible because at the end of the day I want to be an international star, and the only way to get there is literally going and putting the work in. The work that I plan on putting in is really really strenuous so by the time “Ride Along 2” comes around you’ll be seeing me again [laughs]. I just want to see growth [in the sequel]. Of course you don’t want things to stay the same, you want to move along. So with James and my relationship I would like to see where it’s evolved to, where we pick up at. With me and his sister – where are we at? Are we married, are we getting married? There’s tons of ideas to play with, it’s just about what fits, what makes sense but more importantly, what ride are we going to be able to take the fans on so that they’ll say ‘wow we did it again’. You can’t go backwards you can only go forwards.
Hart says, “I start filming actually as soon as I land. We go right to work. Loosely based on the Bernie Madoff story about a guy who embezzles, is basically framed, and it’s about him trying to prove his innocence. But along the way he’s been given 30 days before he goes to jail so it’s about him finding this guy to prepare him for jail, and because I’m black he assumes I know all about it. And of course I think it’s the most ridiculous thing ever because he’s made such an awful stereotype I decide to take him up on his offer and take his money and put him on a whirlwind of what I like to call my ‘Jail Curriculum’. Yep, it’s about doing that and slowly realising that this guy might be innocent and then me and him trying to solve the case and prove it. But it’s very funny how we get there. It’s me and Will Ferrell, it’s a great duo and I think this movie is going to be a large platform of laughs. People are going to laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, I can’t wait to get to work on it. It’s going to be special.”
“Ride Along” hits Australian cinemas 20 March and you can follow his promotional journey at #RideAlongWithKevin