Success is never guaranteed, especially in Hollywood. Few stars know that better than comedian Kevin Hart, who worked in the entertainment business for years before he got his big break. The Philadelphia native, who got his start performing in amateur stand-up comedy competitions, had plenty of projects fall through before his star really began to shine. Sometimes it takes luck, sometimes it takes hard work, and sometimes it takes accidentally running into producer Will Packer at an airport.
Kevin Hart recently appeared on an episode of the Showtime podcast All The Smoke, hosted by NBA stars Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. In between chatting about his Philly upbringing and his love for the NBA, Kevin Hart reflected on his slow rise to the top. According to the Jumanji: The Next Level star, he faced several disappointments early in his career:
Luckily for Kevin Hart, his efforts paid off. In a classic story of Hollywood discovery, Kevin Hart accidentally ran into film producer Will Packer at an airport - and it just so happened that Kevin Hart’s work in the comedy field had put him on Packer’s radar. Kevin Hart described the career-changing moment:
While it must have been tempting for Kevin Hart to stick to his comedy comfort zone, it’s lucky that he didn’t: the Will Packer-produced comedy Think Like a Man was a box-office hit and launched Kevin Hart into the Hollywood stratosphere. Of his long-awaited success, Kevin Hart said:
With a resume full of hits and plenty of projects lined up for the future, it seems like Kevin Hart’s career was worth the wait. His upcoming films include Borderlands alongside Cate Blanchett and The Man from Toronto with Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco. For more 2021 movie releases, check out CinemaBlend’s guide here.
Actor, singer, and occasional dancer. Likes: fashion, books, old buildings. Dislikes: cilantro, the NJ Turnpike, sneaker wedges.
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