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They might just be this decade’s latest hot duo. Yup, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are angling for the kind of success that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence had in Bad Boys, the kind of success that movie franchise stardom is made of. Their new movie, Ride Along out January 17 and co-starring Tika Sumpter gets two thumbs up from Sybil Wilkes who says it could be the beginning of something special.
The duo headed to the Tom Joyner Morning Show to talk about it and predictably, Hart took over. Here are some highlights:
Hart on the possibility of Ride Along becoming a franchise: This is something right now that we are beyond proud of you’re looking at an opportunity for us to bring back that not only buddy cop comedy but just that buddy tandem. Since Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours you haven’t had people to really do it correctly and I think that we came in and nailed it with this one. Me and Cube’s chemistry is ridiculous in it, the movie tells a great story and the journey of these two characters is ridiculous.
Ice Cube on the trailer for Ride Along: All the funny parts ain’t in the trailer. We got more funny parts than in the trailer.
How did Kevin Hart’s character, Ben, pull Tika Sumpter’s character?
Cube: Movie magic, y’all.
Hart: Kevin Hart’s always been a sex symbol. I have my shirt off, if you want to fast forward to 29 minutes and 56 seconds and that’s when you’ll understand. I think I heard a girl at one screening go ‘Oh no’ so I got the complete reverse reaction to what I was expecting.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube on stunts for Ride Along:
Kevin Hart: I wanted to do the stunts but if you think I’m the only one that backed out of some stunts, ol’ Triple X over here did the same thing a couple of times. Cube had a fight scene and he got thrown up a wall couple of times and he never said anything but the next few takes there was a stunt double. He had a cup of soup and was watching the monitors.
Ice Cube: I never claimed I was going to do all my stunts. Stunt men need their jobs.
Cube and Kevin on The Fantastic Voyage which Ice Cube will be on, but Kevin Hart won’t.
Cube: Gonna be on stage with George Clinton, Mr. Funkenstein himself. We’re going to take it back old school. I got 20 years of hits now. We gon’ party man, don’t worry about nothing.
Kevin: Tom don’t want me on the cruise!
On The Real Husbands of Hollywood:
Kevin Hart: The point of the show is to exaggerate your life. People have gotten mad but nobody gets it worse than I get it on the Real Husbands. I take the brunt of everything first, so it’s always my rebuttal. Me, Boris [Kodjoe], Nick [Cannon] and Nelly we take it. I don’t think we mess with anybody more than Bobby [Brown]. Bobby’s fine. We had one person come on there and we had to have an hour meeting before filming to explain to them why it was OK. Once people understand the humor of the show it’s better. We just can’t throw them in it but that’s what makes the show different and original. We’re trying to make it as mockingly good as possible.
Ice Cube: I ain’t going on there. Cube ain’t gon take it.
Our Favorite Buddy Cop Movies of All-Time
1. "Ride Along"
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2. "A Piece of the Action"
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3. "Running Scared"
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4. "Men in Black"
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5. "Blue Streak"
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6. "Lethal Weapon 2"
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7. "Bad Boys 2"
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8. "Lethal Weapon"
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9. "Rush Hour"
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10. "Beverly Hills Cop"
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11. "48 Hours"
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12. "Bad Boys"
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