Last night in Las Vegas, Kevin Hart was presented with the CinemaCon International Star of the Year Award at the closing night ceremony. However, shortly before taking the stage to accept his award, I was able to get a few minutes with him.
What you need to know first is that Kevin Hart arrived at CinemaCon the other day to help promote his upcoming Illumination / Universal animated movie The Secret Life of Pets 2. In the sequel to the huge hit film, The Secret Life of Pets, Hart again voices the bunny Snowball. During the Universal presentation at the convention, Hart took the stage with Tiffany Haddish, and they each came out holding the animal they were playing: Haddish carried a Shih Tzu, while Hart held a bunny. Unfortunately, while everything went perfect in the rehearsal, after they took the stage in front of a huge audience, the bunny tried his hardest to escape from Hart’s grasp. What proceeded to happen was a very funny few minutes where Hart did a lot of improv making fun of the situation which caused a tremendous amount of laughter in the theater.
So when I got some time with Hart last night, I asked him to talk about what happened with the bunny. In addition, Hart talked about the constant ribbing he gets from Dwayne Johnson on Instagram, why he’s excited for people to see The Secret Life of Pets 2, and for fans of the Jumanji franchise – they’re currently filming the still untitled Jumanji 3 – he shared a bit about what it’s about including how they’re in a new level in the game and more:
“Back in the world of Jumanji, but the beautiful thing about the way we set it is through the video game atmosphere. In this particular case we go back into the game and we’re in a new level. And the way we got back into the game is the way we didn’t want to get back into the game. The same people are there. Our same band is back together with this adventure on a much more risky adventure. The stakes have been elevated and raised. For a fan base, you want to give them the same family action adventure they fell in love with. So we just wanted to make sure we delivered. Jake Kasdan, our director and writer, he does just that.”
Watch what Kevin Hart had to say in the player above and look for more CinemaCon interviews later today.