The comedian known for his spark-plug energy found his
\character hidden within a longtime friend.
"My friend Jamal has been a loser since day one," Hart said.
"I've never seen anybody with worse luck. That's Cedric. He's
Hart reprises the role of the good-intentioned but snake-bitten
Cedric in the follow-up to 2012's "Think Like a Man," an
ensemble comedy from "Fantastic Four" filmmaker Tim Story that
brings couples - and a few singles - together in Las Vegas.
It is guys versus girls in dueling bachelor and bachelorette
parties ahead of the wedding between single mom Candace (Regina
Hall) and Michael (Terrence J), who has to stand up to his
over-bearing mother's not-so-subtle disapproval.
Each couple has their own problems with trust, children or
balancing professional ambition with love.
But it is Hart's Cedric - happily on a trial separation from his
wife - whose mission to deliver the best bachelor party for
Michael goes off course. True to his character study, he fails
and flails his way through Sin City's poolside cabanas,
blackjack tables and clubs until everyone winds up in jail.
"In acting, you have to pull from real-life situations, from
people, to help develop a character," Hart said.
"I'm not Russell Crowe. I'm not going to do a period piece. I
can't go and change and 'thou' or 'thy,'" he added. "What I do
know are the different personalities that I've come across ...
that's why Cedric is crazy but grounded enough to believe."
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"Think Like a Man Too," distributed by Sony's Screen Gems, also
trumpets Hart's ascension to one of Hollywood's leading comedic
actors. It is his third starring role in the past six months
following Story's buddy-cop hit "Ride Along" and romantic comedy
"About Last Night."
The film is expected to gross a respectable $32 million in its
opening weekend, according to Boxoffice.com, on a budget of $24
million. Its predicted total ticket sales of $83 million would fall
short of the original's $91.5 million.
Because the film was shot on a tight schedule to accommodate its
large cast, which also features the likes of Gabrielle Union and
Jerry Ferrara of TV's "Entourage," more than half of the script
ended up being improvised, said Romany Malco, who plays former
"We had to create the material as we were making it," he said,
adding that locations were often improvised too as casino owners
would sometimes refuse to let a planned shoot go ahead.
"It's done over and over until it's right," Malco said. "That's what
writing is: rewriting. So we were actually re-writing on set all
day, every day."
(Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Andrew Hay)
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