Who wouldn’t enjoy a night out at the movies? Memphians are no exception and we certainly enjoy a good movie night event when the star of the film, Kevin Hart, is expected to make an appearance.
On Monday, June 2nd, the Malco Paradiso was transformed into a coveted red carpet event for the premiere of “Think Like A Man Too” and the appearance by Hart. Among the notables on hand before he arrived were legendary rapper MJG, who was promoting his recent solo project entitled “Too Pimpin,” dynamic drummer, Carlos Sargent, as well as Linn Sitler, Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner.
Mayor AC Wharton Jr. took his turn on the red carpet, pausing to express his belief that Memphis is “rich with talent” and that events such as the movie premiere shine a brighter light on what the city has to offer.
Hart’s arrival was eagerly anticipated and he did not disappoint, sharing his thoughts and reflections on a range of subjects.
On ‘Think Like A Man Too’
“(This) movie is so much better than the first one and it’s so much funnier than the first one, and more importantly … you’re going to walk away with a message, a message that’s universal,” said Hart, introducing the film with confidence.
Addressing the stigma placed on films with predominately black casts, Hart said he believes that it is his job to erase that stigma.
“We don’t do black movies anymore, we make good movies, ” he said, noting that the original “Think Like a Man” made 90 million dollars at the box office, proving that the movie doesn’t just appeal to one ethnic group.
Why he chose Memphis
“I pride myself on being ground-breaking and pushing the envelope and trying to do things that people don’t expect me to do,” said Hart.
“The reason why I came to Memphis is because Hollywood doesn’t necessarily bring things to this city. I felt it was my job to bring things to the cities that don’t usually get these things.”
BBQ – the way to this Hart!
Excuse the pun but we Memphians do love BBQ and seemingly Hart also.
The afternoon after the Memphis premiere hundreds of area residents and dozens of press representatives ventured to A&R BBQ on Elvis Presley Blvd to get a glimpse of the comedian as he served 97 citizens with complimentary BBQ sandwiches.
Alerted to the mega-star’s planned outing via newscasts and social media, those who made it were treated to Hart at his impromptu best. Clearly at home in the setting, he dished out photo-op after photo-op, at one point taking matters into his hands, snapping a selfie for a fan.
Thanks Mr. Hart for your seemingly inexhaustible energy, boundless patience, positive presence and a fun-filled film.