THE DYNAMIC DUO: James (Ice Cube) and Ben (Kevin Hart) on one of their many adventures in this daring and hilarious ride along. (Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures)
The duo star in the new action/comedy ‘Ride Along’
What better way to begin your 2014 movie going season than with two of perhaps the most complimentary costars the silver screen has seen in ages: Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star in the new action-packed comedy “Ride Along.” Cube plays a tough guy detective, while Hart plays Ben, a high school security guard who wants to marry James’ sister Angela, who is played by Tika Sumpter. In order to receive James’ blessing, Ben agrees to a ride along with many hilarious and thrilling obstacles, which really highlighted the talent of both Cube and Hart. Will Packer and Ice Cube were two of the producers, with Tim Story directing the movie.
Cube says the movie makes the audience want to be a part of the ride along.
“The title is ‘Ride Along’ and the audience really, really wants to be in that back seat. Ride along and see how James can torture Ben and how Ben is resistant, you know. Ben is like a cockroach, he won’t die, he won’t go away, he won’t quit,” Cube said.
“Cockroach is a little extreme. You could’ve used another animal,” Hart said.
Both actors explained how it was working with each other, while cracking many jokes, but both saying they have a mutual respect for one another.
“He’s always on point. It’s cool because he’ll make the crew laugh, but also make the camera laugh too and a lot of guys can’t do that. Some comedians I’ve had to pull to the side and say, you’re making the crew crack up, but when we’re shooting you ain’t got no energy. What the [expletive], you know what I mean? Sit down...He’s not like that. He’s an energizer bunny. I don’t know if it’s coffee or cocaine, I don’t know what it is but he’s an energizer bunny,” Cube said.
Kevin Hart also explained that by working with Ice Cube he got to see that Cube is truly a professional.
CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Ben (Kevin Hart) has no idea what James (Ice Cube) has prepared for the ride along of their lives. (Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures)
“After meeting him (Ice Cube) and really talking and vibing with him about the projects and see his passion, I grew more excited. Once we got on set, we both had the same agenda, which was to knock this movie out the damn park and make sure we both bring our ‘A’ game. It takes a true professional to allow somebody like myself to come in and have the opportunity to be funny and to do all those things, but Cube, he didn’t mind doing that,” Hart said.
With Hart’s more recent success, with the launching of his own docu-comedy in 2013, “Let Me Explain.” sold out comedy shows and starring in a slew of other movies coming out this year, it was hard not to notice that his presence in a movie makes it absolutely captivating and hilarious. Ice Cube agrees and even said the performance that Kevin Hart puts on in front of the camera is the best he’s seen in a while.
“I haven’t seen somebody command a scene since Eddie Murphy, like Kevin. Kevin can come in and just basically hold you hostage until he wants to let you go. Everybody’s captivated; he’s just an amazing talent,” Cube said.
Even with being able to capture an audience the way Hart has, he says he doesn’t like to think about the idea that he has “made it” in Hollywood.
“I still don’t know I made it. I think the minute I think about it is the minute I’m [going] to go crazy. I don’t like addressing it. It’s a dream to me. That’s why I don’t go to sleep. I’m afraid I’m going to close my eyes, wake up, this [expletive] going to be over,” Hart said.
“Ride Along” was healthy balance of action and comedy with an underlying message of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s exactly the idea of the director of the movie, Tim Story. Along with this underlying message, was carefully crafted comedy, which is a personal favorite for Story who is known for producing the blockbuster comedy, “Think Like A Man.”
“I really believe that if I’m laughing behind the camera that I think the film will be funnier,” Story said.
Adding to the well-written script created by writers Greg Coolidge and Phil Hay, was a bit of room for improv from the actors, which producer, Will Packer says is something he likes his actors to do on set.
“I find that if we have a good base, being the script, which is the case in this movie then as long as we keep course on top of the story, then I kind of hope my actors will give me more than what’s on the page… Kevin as well as Cube, they’re just good in the sense of they know how to tell the story and kind of give us those nuggets that you look for… that magic that you look for, those happy mistakes, but at the same time they don’t get off course,” Packer said.
LOVEBIRDS: Ben (Kevin Hart) hopes to propose to his girlfriend, Angela (Tika Sumpter), the sister of tough guy James (Ice Cube), whom he hopes to win his approval. (Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures)
Get ready to experience the epic journey of James and Ben and how unpredictable their journey is. By the way, Hart says to pay attention to a special scene and he was very specific: 29 minutes, 56 seconds. According to the comedian/actor, “everything about that says action.” You’ll have to see for yourself. “Ride Along” is out in theaters, Friday, January 17, 2014.