12 Feb 2014
- Written by Kam Williams
Regina Hall and Kevin Hart discuss their new film, "About Last Night," a remake of the classic romantic comedy released back in 1986.
Kam Williams: Hi, Kevin and Regina, thanks for the interview. I'm grateful for the opportunity to speak with you. ...What interested you two in "About Last Night?"
Kevin Hart: What interested you, baby?
Regina Hall: Well, I loved the script. I'm always thrilled whenever I see a good script. And of course, when I then heard that Kevin was going to be my co-star... that sealed the deal. Need I say anything more? How about you, Kev?
Kevin: Like you, the script, first of all. I also liked that this was a different type of role for me, and that the original movie was so amazing!
Regina: A classic!
Kam: What factors played a role in doing a remake?
Kevin: The fact that we'd be following in its footsteps was huge. But we also wanted to follow more closely the lines of the original play it was based on, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." We modernized it and made this version a little edgier to fit audiences of this generation. So, all the pieces of the puzzle were there, it was just a question of putting them together.
Regina: Yeah, it was already there on the page. We just adapted it in a way to make it fresh, contemporary, sexy and fun. We also kinda followed the journey of two couples as opposed to one, so you get to see us explore the dynamics in the friendships between the men and the women, as well as in the couples' relationships. It ended up feeling great!
Kam: Was it hard juggling egos on the set?
Kevin: Not at all. It was basically just four good people.
Regina: Four friends, really.
Kevin: There weren't any jerks. Everybody came with the same agenda, which was to make a great film. And when you all have your eyes on the prize, in this case to turn in a quality product and to turn in a complete product, at the end of the day, you can't ask for a better support group than what we had.
Kam: Who's in your target audience?
Kevin: This is a universal film, with the exception of certain younger age groups, since this is an adult film.
Regina: Yeah, it's R-rated. But it's for singles... couples...
Kevin: It's a movie that so many people are going to be able to relate to.
Kam: Kevin, you're already on a roll with "Ride Along" breaking records for a January opening.
Kevin: Thank you!
Regina: #1 for three weeks in a row!
Kam: "With About Last Night" opening you're competing against yourself.
Kevin: Hey, that's a good thing, especially since this is a different look for me. People walking out of this movie are going to know that I have levels, that I'm serious about my acting career, and that I'm willing to challenge myself. This product is a great representation of that.
Kam: Does this picture have a message?
Kevin: Yeah, it actually does. The movie shows that couples weather their crises differently, and that each is going to solve their problems in the unique way they see fit to. But when you're in love, love makes you do crazy things, and can take you down a whirlwind of a road. These are two couples that experience that, and we show how men talk to men and how women talk to women about their problems, and how it all comes full circle.
Kam: Regina, what's up next for you?
Regina: I'll be joining this gentleman again in June for the release of "Think Like a Man Too."
Kevin: After that I'll be in a movie called "Wedding Ringers."
Regina: Which is hilarious, by the way. I've seen a few excerpts. It's another hit.
Kam: Is it a little like "Wedding Crashers?"
Kevin: No, it's more like a modern version of "Hitch."
Kam: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
Kevin: Yeah, how tall are you?
Kam: OK, how tall are you?
Kevin: I'm a good 6'6" on a Friday.
Regina: No, he's 6'5". (Chuckles)
Kam: How about you, Regina? Is there any question no one ever asks you?
Regina: People are obsessed with my bra size. Would you say I'm a 34D or a 34F?
Kevin: I'd say F. (Laughs)
Kam: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you?
Kevin: You know what? The most exciting thing in the world to me is that I'm doing what I love to do, and that I'm successful doing it. Pursuing my dream and executing it is exciting to me.
Regina: I'm just excited about life. Life is really good right now with my family and friends, and being able to work with people I respect.
Kam: I've asked Kevin this before. Regina, what is your favorite dish to cook?
Regina: That's a hard question, because I'm a really good cook.
Kevin: You make a mean hot dog.
Regina: I do dice a nice hot dog. I also make great lamb chops. And I make really good yams. There isn't much I can't get into that kitchen and do.
Kevin: She also makes a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Regina: Thanks. You've got to have just the right balance of peanut butter and jelly.
Kevin: And that jelly's coming from scratch!
Regina: That's true.
Kevin: Kam, have you ever had jelly from scratch?
Kam: No, I haven't.
Kevin: Then you got to get to Regina's house.
Kam: Invite me, and I'm there! The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?
Regina: Swimming into my mama.
Kevin: Mine was touching a dead mouse by accident.
Kam: Well, thank you both for the spirited tete-a-tete!
Regina: Thank you, Kam.
Kevin: Thanks, man.
To see a trailer for About Last Night, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QEfDr1OE8Q