Kevin Hart is one of the biggest comic actors working today. His last two movies were successes with “About Last Night” making four-times its original budget, and “Ride Along,” in which he co-starred with Ice Cube, one of the year’s biggest surprise hits, with over $150 million worldwide. Hart, who got some of his earliest roles in Judd Apatow comedies like “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Drillbit Taylor,” might now be returning to team with some old friends as a much bigger box office draw.
Nicholas Stoller, who directed the Apatow produced “The Five Year Engagement,” which Hart also appeared in, is working on a new buddy cop movie and said he has written the roles for Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart. In an interview with Slash Film, Stoller said the movie is a period piece from the 40s which focuses on the first time that a white police officer partners with an African American police officer. He then compared the feel to Quentin Tarantino and Baz Luhrman. If Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart do team up for this movie, here are some pairings they might need to match up to.
The first, and most obvious, comparison will be to “Ride Along,” since that movie just came out this year. Honestly, the film seemed to have very little chance for success, as Ice Cube’s star has not been shining as brightly in recent years. However, something happened and the film turned out to be both exciting and funny. While the positive word-of-mouth likely helped, it was Kevin Hart who likely helped bring in some of the audience, as the film just kept rolling and rolling with eight consecutive weeks in the box office Top 10.
“The Other Guys”
In another case of opposites attract, “The Other Guys” starred Will Ferrell as a by-the-books pencil pushing cop while Mark Wahlberg is a benched cop with a hair trigger who might have had a bad falling out with New York Yankees star Derek Jeter. The two end up in way over their heads when the super-cops on the squad (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) die a ridiculous death. While not as successful as “Ride Along,” this movie still made its mark.
With the idea of the race relations described in the new Kevin Hart movie, Brett Ratner examined that in a more comical way in his 1998 buddy cop comedy “Rush Hour.” That movie saw the African American bad boy cop played by Chris Tucker teaming with the strict disciplined Asian cop played by Jackie Chan. The mixing of not only the fish out of water story, but also the mix of fighting styles, made this a very successful movie that spawned two sequels.