If there's one trend that is ruling the way TV and film is produced, it's nostalgia. With these types of properties proving to be both profitable and popular, it seems like just about every popular franchise has been brought back for long awaited sequels or reboots. This is arguably includes Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which will bring the iconic and terrifying game to a modern audience. The film's cast is stacked, with some major A-Listers acting as the video game avatars, including Kevin Hart as Franklin "Moose" Finbar. Hart is bringing his signature comedic timing and chemistry with The Rock to the table, but it turns out there's another classic Robin Williams movie he feels like he'd like to explore.
I recently had the privilege to speak with Kevin Hart in Hawaii about his role in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. I eventually asked he and his co-stars which other Robin Williams movie they'd like to play with next, where Hart revealed that he's ready to jump into the wig and pads of Mrs. Doubtfire.
Pull up your stockings and get ready for a run by fruiting, because Kevin Hart thinks he might have some room to play with the 1993 classic Mrs. Doubtfire. Now the question is: who is going to be his version of Sally Field?
It would definitely be interesting to see a modern take on Mrs. Doubtfire. The beloved Christopher Columbus film is one of Robin Williams' most iconic and acclaimed performances, as he brought equal parts heart and comedy to the role. And while the concept of a father dressing in old lady drag seems out of this world, the story was rooted in a family going through the struggles of a divorce. This kept the story grounded, which seems to be exactly what Kevin Hart loves about it, and Williams' performance.
Of course, the struggle would be finding a way for Kevin Hart's Mrs. Doubtfire to survive without endless comparisons to the original film. This is exactly what Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has managed to do. Because while nods and references to the original Robin Williams film are made, Welcome to the Jungle succeeds by crafting an entirely different movie. The characters, game, setting, and tone are all vastly different from the OG Jumanji, allowing the sequel to function independently from the original, and therefore being vindicated of comparisons.
Check out my conversation with Kevin Hart, complete with appearances by The Rock and Jack Black, below.
Kevin Hart certainly has the comedic chops to pull off Mrs. Doubtfire. And while Robin Williams' facade turned TV personality had the body of a linebacker, Hart's smaller frame would probably lend itself well to the female illusion.