Kevin Hart: ‘I’m Just Glad All My Hard Work Is Paying Off’

Hart, Ice Cube premiere U's "Ride Along" in Hollywood

Though most of Hollywood was still trying to get over the Golden Globes weekend hangover, “Ride Along” stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart were not about to let their Los Angeles premiere play second fiddle on Jan. 13 at the TCL Chinese in Hollywood.

“I know you all were at that Golden Globe shit but we are still going to party tonight,” Cube said as he introduced the film prior to the screening.

Cube and Hart were joined at the premiere by producer Will Packer, director Tim Story and co-stars Bruce McGill and Tika Sumpter who followed the stars to the OHM Nightclub after-party. Even Los Angeles Clipper superstar Chris Paul stopped by on the team’s off night to congratulate the film’s cast and crew.

At the party, Hart said from the moment he and Cube came on board, there was instant chemistry, and credits that to both actors wanting the same thing from the movie.

“When we first started talking about what we wanted for this film, we both had the same goal. and that was to make a dynamic  movie people were attracted to,” Hart said. “We wanted to make something that popped on the screen and not just your normal buddy-cop movie.”

Hart has a busy year ahead of him with Screen Gems’ “About Last Night” and the sequel to “Think Like a Man” and doesn’t see a chance to slow down anytime soon.

“I’m just glad all my hard work is paying off,” Hart said. “You don’t work hard to take a break, you work hard to continue to have success and that what I plan on doing — to keep working hard and hope it continues to pay off.”

U’s “Ride Along” opens Jan. 17 and the stars have hinted that a sequel may already be in the works. “I think we’ll definitely do it again, especially if y’all liked the movie and y’all want to see a Part 2,” Cube said during a Q&A with preview audiences last week.

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