Kevin Hart on Taking the Stigma Off Black Movies and Making ‘Think Like a Man Too’ Universal

Director Tim Story, Kevin Hart and
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Kevin Hart continued a Hollywood hot streak with his third movie this year, premiering the sequel “Think Like a Man Too” Monday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

“We got every single actor that was in the first one to come back, but everybody came back with a different attitude,” said Hart. “And that was all about doing what people didn’t think we could do and that was to take the stigma off of what people consider to be black movies.”

The first “Think Like a Man” grossed $92 million in the U.S. “That’s not just a film that black people are going to see,” continued Hart. “We made a universal film.”

“Just because you put a predominantly black cast in a movie doesn’t mean you’re doing a black movie. It means you’re putting quality actors and actresses in a movie that can make a damn good film,” Hart said.

Director Tim Story and producer Will Packer also returned for the sequel. Packer has worked on five movies with Hart. “I have made every Kevin Hart movie that was good,” he teased.

On a more serious note, Packer said that it’s Hart’s time. “He earned his moment. Kevin is my guy. He’s got such a tremendous work ethic. When you get an opportunity to work with somebody that hustles as hard as you do — and I have a real real drive — to work with somebody that matches that, it’s amazing.”

This time around the characters head to Vegas for the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence Jenkins), but plans go awry with Hart’s character in charge of the bachelor party.

When Michael Ealy first heard the news about a sequel, his initial reaction wasn’t so positive. “What are we doing? Let’s not ruin the first one. That was my big thing,” the actor said.

But it was clear that the actors signed on partially due to the relationships they have with one another.

“Basically, we were getting paid to go hang out with our friends,” said Taraji P. Henson.

“It’s a family atmosphere. It didn’t feel like you were going to work,” said Meagan Good. “It’s just personality. Everyone is vastly different but shares a similar energy. We just get along. It works.”

Ealy echoed that thought. “We developed so much chemistry on the first one. When we get together I really feel like this is my crew of guys,” he said. “We know how to push each other’s buttons. We know how to have fun and still support each other.”

Adam Brody, David Walton, Dennis Haysbert and Wendi McLendon-Covey also joined the cast for the second film.

Jenkins, Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Mary J. Blige also attended the premiere. The party continued at 1 Oak with guests including Floyd Mayweather, Ne-Yo, Matt Barnes and Keke Palmer.

Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man Too” is set to premiere June 20.

(Pictured: Director Tim Story, Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer at the “Think Like a Man Too” party)

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  1. yvette says:

    Stop putting money in their pockets. They do not care about anyone but themselves. Consumers are living paycheck to paycheck while rhe rich is vacationing on your money. Stop the madness quit supporting celebrities they don’t support you.

  2. Looking forward to being entertained and amused says:

    Predicting even greater success for this sequel. Although Hollywood continues to operate in “The Dark Ages” in many ways, the public is more readily color blind in recognizing talent, quality and ability. Films of this nature help to alleviate the stereotypical pox which plagues casting decisions more often than not. There are no Hattie McDaniel ladies or Steppin Fetchit gentlemen using back doors to be seen, and that is relief. Hollywood has come a long way, but the journey is by no means complete. Fortunately, money talks and “Black Films that produce a lot of Green Money” are just the kind of “stigma” Hollywood considers acceptable.

  3. Josalyn says:

    It is ridiculous to refer to a Black film as having a stigma .

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