The cast of buddy action comedy Ride Along bonded big time at Regal Cinemas South Beach Tuesday night.
On the red carpet: Kevin Hart, who plays a timid school security guard who goes on a “ride along” with veteran Atlanta cop Ice Cube to prove he is worthy to marry his sister.
To keep a straight face while filming was tough, said Ice Cube. “I’ve worked with some of the great comedians out there and Kevin is hot as a firecracker,” said the rapper-actor. “He’s always on. With my man, it’s all laughter, all around, all day.”
How is rapping different than acting? Less control. “With music, I can go in by myself with one or two producers and come out with a record,” said the Ice man. “But with movies, I got to be a team player and hopefully everything comes out right.”
Hart was psyched to team up with the hip-hop star who first hit screens in 1991’s Boyz n the Hood.
“I think we got a chance to kind of jump into that realm of buddy cop films that have been done in the past... 48 Hours, Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys 1 and 2, Rush Hour 1 and 2,” said Hart. “Me and Ice Cube, we’re pretty amazing. I watched [the movie] and was blown away. I have to step back and pinch myself.”
Also playing a cop in the film, out Jan. 17: John Leguizamo, who thinks audiences are going to love the interaction between the two in the movie, which he explained had an “old school ’70s feel.”
“Cube is the straight man and Kevin is a hilarious dude. He had us rolling,” said the actor-comedian. “Cube is the best guy to have to annoy and Kevin does a good job annoying him.”
Ride Along producer Will Packer ( Think Like A Man) agreed: “When you have these guys on set, you just let them go. You don’t get in their way.”
Before Hart exited the red carpet, we had to ask if he was going to attend buddy Dwyane Wade’s wedding to Gabrielle Union. “You better believe it,” he said. “Not only will I be there, but I'm going to do something to embarrass him like knock the cake over on purpose or something stupid just to piss him off. That's my job.”