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20Q: Kevin Hart
  • May 27, 2014 : 07:05
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PLAYBOY: You’ve had three films come out this year, and you’re working on at least three more. You also have a TV show—Real Husbands of Hollywood—and you tour the world doing stand-up. Why work so hard? Are you paying off gambling debts?

HART: No, I’m good. I’m just trying to become a media mogul. I don’t think people accomplish goals by sitting and waiting for success to come to them. You have to get out there, put your all into it. I put 110 percent into my craft, and I don’t sleep unless I have to. At the end of the day, I want to be remembered as a great comedian and a great actor and a great writer and producer and eventually director. The only way I’m going to accomplish those goals is to work. And work. And work and work and work.


PLAYBOY: Your new film, Think Like a Man Too, was shot entirely in Las Vegas. Are you bound by the “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” rule, or can you tell us about the crazy things you and the rest of the cast did during your downtime?

HART: It wasn’t all that exciting. We were in Vegas, sure, but we were there to do a job. I took that very seriously. I like to have a good time—we went to a few parties—but when I’m working, I’m boring. I’m not going to do something that jeopardizes the film or my career or everything I’ve done to get to this point. That would be insane. Every time I thought about going out after the shoot and getting crazy, I’d remind myself, This could all go away. And then I’d go back to my room and go to bed.


PLAYBOY: You play a happily divorced guy in Think Like a Man Too, and you’re working on a divorce comedy for ABC. Are you divorce’s biggest advocate?

HART: I’m definitely an example of what life should be like after divorce. My ex-wife and I are still friends and still raise our kids together; we just do it separately. In a relationship it’s possible to outgrow a person. My ex and I were growing apart, and it was a situation where we could have become enemies if we stayed married. Being married was killing our relationship, but getting divorced helped salvage our friendship.


PLAYBOY: A lot of your stand-up act is based on your experiences with your ex-wife. When she married you, did she forget to get a comedy prenup?

HART: [Laughs] I guess she should’ve thought about that. That’s what you get for marrying a comedian. No, there’s nothing malicious about it. When I talk about her, it’s never angry or brutal. It’s just me talking about my life, and that relationship is a large part of my life. I put our situation out there, and people relate to it honestly.


PLAYBOY: You’ve used pretty much everything in your life as fodder for comedy. What don’t you have a sense of humor about?

HART: I’m not a political guy. I don’t really deal with Democrats or Republicans. I don’t find that funny. And I don’t talk about the gay community, be it male or female. No thank you! It’s such a sensitive subject. I’ve seen comics get into serious trouble by joking about gay people. It’s too dangerous. Whatever you say, any joke you make about the gay community, it’s going to be misconstrued. It’s not worth it.


PLAYBOY: What about your private life? Is there anything that you consider off-limits for comedy?

HART: No. Everything is out there. Even my mom. I did a long bit in my stand-up about her funeral, and that was tough to talk about. But those sad moments can also be the funniest. Losing her was definitely one of the saddest things that ever happened to me. But thinking about it and telling the story, you realize there’s something funny about it too. You see the funny parts of having to bury someone you love.


PLAYBOY: You’ve also talked in your stand-up about your dad, who struggled with cocaine addiction and spent time in prison. Was he a victim of bad circumstances or of bad choices?

HART: I’d probably say bad choices. He put himself in a position to do things badly. But he learned from his mistakes and got better. That’s all we can ask for, really. I’m just happy he got himself out of that situation. I can be more objective about him, because he wasn’t always around. But my mom, she raised me. So when she passed away…. [pauses] That was hard. I had a good woman in my life. She made sure I had everything I needed. And she did a great job.


PLAYBOY: You’re known for your high-octane, mile-a-minute delivery. What do you enjoy doing slowly?

HART: One word: fucking.


PLAYBOY: If you show up for a gig in a foul mood, how do you turn on the funny? What’s your happy place?

HART: My happy place could be a number of things. Listening to music is usually my way of focusing. Cracking jokes with friends or taking a quiet moment by myself are others. Oh yeah, and fucking puts me in a happy place. Lots and lots of fucking.


PLAYBOY: We’re getting the impression that you enjoy fucking. But in the comedy documentary Laugh at My Pain, you claim that your sexual stamina is somewhere between 20 and 23 seconds.

HART: Well, right now I could probably make it to a good two minutes. I learned some tricks. You’ve got to practice and stick with it. If I feel like I’m in trouble, if I’m going to explode too soon, I’ll just hold my breath.

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  • Anonymous
    I saw the 1st one it was BORING!!!