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Caption This Hollywood Reporter Cover Image of a Shirtless Kevin Hart in a Giant White Wig…

Caption This Hollywood Reporter Cover Image of a Shirtless Kevin Hart in a Giant White Wig...

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Are we really experiencing the so-called “reign of Kevin Hart,” as the above January Hollywood Reporter cover states? 

Well, he’s certainly in demand, and I’d say has worked himself into the tiny elite group of black actors whose name could get studio movies greenlit, if only because of repeat box office successes over the last couple of years. Money talks, right?

To wit, “Ride Along” was the top grossing “black film” of 2014, earning an impressive $134+ million.

“The Wedding Ringer,” which is out this Friday, is just one of a handful of projects on Hart’s slate, with highlights that include co-starring with Will Ferrell in a comedy titled “Get Hard,” a sequel to the immensely successful “Ride Along,” co-starring with Samuel L. Jackson in “The Black Phantom,” a spec comedy that was to be produced by Will Packer, co-starring alongside Colin Firth in the American remake of the French blockbuster “d’Intouchables” (released as “The Intouchables” here in the States), taking over the role that helped make Frenchman Omar Sy an international star. Hart is also a success on TV, with the “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which is a certified hit for BET, and he’s had plans to launch a new 24-hour comedy network..

And there’s even more…

Hart is maybe one of the busiest, and most in-demand actors/comedians working right now. I’ve lost count of the number of projects he’s been attached to since the break-out success his stand-up comedy concert “Laugh At My Pain” 4 years ago, which did some impressive damage at the box office, for a film of its ilk, and was followed by a successful sequel.

Last year alone, he appeared on the big screen in Chris Rock’s in “Top Five;” co-starred alongside veterans Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in a film called “Grudge Match;” as well as a remake of the 1986 rom-com “About Last Night” starring with Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant and Regina Hall; and the aforementioned “Ride Along,” with Ice Cube.

And this is likely only just the beginning of what’s to come. He’s in that rare position that makes him a bankable actor, as studios seem to want to be in the Kevin Hart business. 

How long that lasts, is anyone’s guess. And I think hart knows this, which may be, in part, why he’s taking advantage of opportunities as they come. In this business, you just never know when your time at the top begins its downward slide. If I were Kevin Hart, right now, I’d really be considering starring in a drama – something that other comedic actors have done in past years, and, in some cases, with great success, surprising audiences with their dramatic acting chops. Whether Hart has that in him, only Hart can answer that question. But I think it’s always a good idea to diversify, keeping audiences guessing and intrigued, never settling into whatever box Hollywood wants to put you in.

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