Kevin Hart on 'Get Hard' Stereotypes: "It's About Making Fun of Ourselves"
“Ultimately it’s about making fun of ourselves and making people acknowledge that the stereotypes we set for one another and that we judge people on aren’t really necessary,” said Hart about his film.
Get Hard may be filled with stereotypes, but the cast says it shows how common perceptions are not always true. Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, Alison Brie and even Drake walked the red carpet at the film’s Los Angeles premiere Wednesday night at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
“Ultimately it’s about making fun of ourselves and making people acknowledge that the stereotypes we set for one another and that we judge people on aren’t really necessary,” Hart told reporters. “I think that people get that; ultimately they see this is a dope comedy with a small little message in it.”
Hart and Ferrell play two characters from two different worlds, and Hart explained that what he loved most about the film is that at the end of the day, the way they perceived each other is completely off.
“I love the road to acknowledgement and friendship between the two characters,” Hart said. “I just love the fact that this movie has so many layers to it. It’s like an onion. Once you peel that onion back, you start to see what it’s really about.”
In Get Hard, Ferrell plays successful businessman James King, who is convicted of fraud. He enlists the help of Darnell Lewis (Hart) to help him prepare for prison, assuming that Lewis — as a minority — has been to prison in the past.
The film has been accused of being racist, but director Etan Cohen said his focus on stereotypes in the film is meant to bring attention to the way many people may incorrectly perceive others in the world based on issues such as race and class.
“I think it’s unfortunately something that’s very relevant all the time to all of us,” Cohen told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s obviously one of the biggest issues in the U.S. today, so I think it’s always worth bringing it up to talk about it.”
Hart said that he was glad to get the opportunity to improv with Ferrell during filming.
Ferrell told reporters that he truly enjoyed working with Hart on set. “I don’t know anyone who couldn’t get along with Kevin Hart, and if you can’t, I’ll fight you,” Ferrell said to reporters.
After the screening, T.I., Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll and Kate Walsh joined Hart and Ferrell at the afterparty at Sadie.
Get Hard opens in theaters March 27.
From left: Erick Chavarria, Ferrell, Brie and Hart. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Will Ferrell (left) and Drake. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)