Kevin Hart: I Won't Play a Gay Character

"I Stopped and I went, 'OK, I Can Just Be Me' "

“Once I realized that I had a voice and didn’t have to pretend to be a different version of myself, I stopped forcing the situation, stopped being a character,” Hart tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I stopped and went, ‘OK, I can just be me.’ ”

The actor explains why he turned down a role in 2008's 'Tropic Thunder.'

Kevin Hart doesn't expect to play a gay character anytime soon.

During an interview with New York's Power 105.1 radio station, the Wedding Ringer star admitted to turning down the role of Alpa Chino in 2008's Tropic Thunder because he didn't feel comfortable playing a gay role. The part was played in the film by Brandon T. Jackson.

Hart explained that the draft of the script he read was different from the shooting script. "The dude, he was doing a lot of stuff in the draft that I read," Hart said. "It was real flagrant. … I was like, 'I can't do this.' "

Hart was then asked whether he would ever play a gay character. "I can't," he said. "Not because I have any ill will or disrespect. It's because I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100 percent because of insecurities about myself trying to play that part. Does that make sense?"

Hart, who is engaged to model Eniko Parrish, pointed out that he doesn't have an issue with the gay community. "As people, I love you," he said. He added that he may change his mind years from now on playing a gay role, once he gets more acting experience.

Hart's comments can be seen below, beginning at the 33:48 mark.

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