There is just something awesome about watching Black men win. And without a question, Ice Cube, 44, and Kevin Hart, 34, are among the short list of Hollywood conquerors. Despite coming from two different worlds— Ice Cube’s roots are in ’80s gangster rap, while Hart’s built a career on stand-up— the two are united in a place called comedy, and they’re looking to create the next big comedy franchise in Ride Along, their new film out on January 17.
The plot is simple: Ride Along is about a surly officer (Cube) who takes his future brother-in-law (Hart) in the field to see not only whether he has the chops to be a cop, but whether he’s worthy of the right to marry his sister. The movie has all the ingredients for a nine-figure box office payday: a multicultural cast, a fusion of comedy and action and bankable leads. Plus, it’s good. Score!
JET caught up with the big-screen stars, who waxed poetic on everything from making the ultimate buddy flick to signing their own checks. Enjoy the ride.
JET: Why did you agree to do the project?
Ice Cube: It was fun with a simple premise. I wanted it to be entertaining and for us to be compared to some of the great comedy duos. From 48 Hours to Lethal Weapon to Bad Boys, I wanted Ride Along to have the same feel. I’ve been watching Kevin for awhile and I like that his delivery style works for any crowd, Black or White. There are ‘hood comedians and the crossover comedians, and he can cross over easily and connect to a wide audience. That is a good asset; Kevin isn’t one-dimensional.
Kevin Hart: First and foremost, it was the opportunity to work with Ice Cube. I have always been a big fan. Then I read the script and it was hilarious. I teamed up with a producer partner and all the pieces of the puzzle came together, so everything was right.
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