Kevin Hart on Meeting the President, Being Pals With Beyonce and Jay Z
When it came to the moment he got a man-hug from the President at the White House holiday party, the comedian admits: “I almost cried … this was the most star struck moment I’ve had in my life.”
“He comes out, he gets to the podium and he goes, ‘Hey good evening everybody, thank you for coming.’ And he goes, ‘Hey, Kev! You made it!’ He didn’t even call me Kevin—he nicknamed me! The president had a nickname for me! … I couldn’t breath for a second … by far the best moment I have in my life.”
Another star struck moment he had was when he attended good friend Beyoncé’s concert in Los Angeles. However, this time, he was only kidding with his enthusiasm.
Of the video of him fanning-out that went viral, the comedian laughs: “I know her, so I was doing it to be silly. At first, we were in the Beehive and I was like, ‘I love you, Beyoncé! I love you!’ And she was like, ‘Shut up, Kevin!’ … but then there’s a moment where she … throws a towel at me and this guy behind me might have been the biggest Beyoncé fan in the world. He’s like, ‘You’re so lucky, Kevin Hart! What are you going to do with it? You’ve got to frame it!’”
All jokes aside, Kevin goes on to explain he is a real fan of Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z. In fact, he considers them mentors. “When you look at people who have taken this entertainment thing to another level …and know how to expand their brand to where their voices are powerful,” Kevin explains. “Jay, especially. Jay is definitely a mentor to me just talking to me on the business side. He’s the reason I got my own company. He’s the reason why I’m producing myself.”
And it looks like the advice is working as Kevin has about six films coming out this year and is slated for three more soon after.
One movie set to hit theaters this Friday is Ride Along, in which Kevin plays a security guard who joins his girlfriend’s cop brother (Ice Cube) on a ride along to prove himself worthy of her hand in marriage.
“It’s a love story of comedy and action,” Kevin explains. “Me and [Ice] Cube we vibe. We hit it off from Day One even when we first started talking about the project … then when we got into it we kept saying, ‘We need to make this different.’ … When you think of these buddy-cop movies, you think about Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, 48 Hours, and I was like, ‘How do we get our movie in that conversation but still be unique?’ So we have a unique approach to the whole buddy cop aspect.”
See for yourself and catch Ride Along in theaters this Friday, January 17.