Kevin Hart Details
Take a second and really think about how much charisma it takes to be a successful stand-up comedian, to control a stage, command an audience’s attention and make them laugh at the words coming out of your mouth. Now, imagine being funny enough to perform in front of 50,000 people in a football stadium. Okay, NOW imagine being funny enough to turn that performance into a successful movie, where millions of people literally go to movie theaters to watch a performance you did months earlier. That’s Kevin Hart, and that’s exactly what he did with the 2016 film What Now? The film grossed $23.6 million and earned a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If Kevin Hart can do that, he can pretty much do anything.
And he pretty much has. Raised in Philadelphia, Hart went through the same trials as most young comedians, getting booed off stage more than once. But, obviously, he kept at it, and was soon headlining. At the same time, he was landing small roles in big comedy films (His show-stealing performance opposite Romany Malco in The 40-Year-Old Virgin pushes the film to another level). By 2009 he was a full-on star, releasing his first stand-up special, I’m a Grown Little Man. And before long, he was the leading man in movies like Think Like a Man and Ride Along. His success and celebrity has transcended comedy; for example, he’s a regular highlight at the NBA All-Star Weekend and, won the All-Star Celebrity Game MVP award in four straight years from 2012 to 2015.