At Le Parker Méridien hotel in New York City on Wednesday, comedian Kevin Hart was all smiles. Although he's small in stature, his presence -- and excitement about his projects -- is not, perhaps confirming the truth in the tongue-in-cheek title of his 2009 stand-up special, I'm a Grown Little Man.
The reason for his cheer? The Five-Year Engagement, a film in which he co-stars with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival's opening night later that evening. He's also celebrating the release and good reviews of his other new film, Think Like a Man, which is based on Steve Harvey's best-seller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man .
"This is my first solid, good movie," Hart says of the latter in a comment that is part jest, part seriousness. "I've been part of a lot of movies, and I can't say that I have tons of good movies under my belt. I'm about 20 movies in the can, but this is just a good film."
Now, on the cusp of what could be his breakthrough into the mainstream rom-com milieu, Hart spoke to The Root about his foray into romantic comedies, why Think Like a Man is not a black film and why you'll never hear him joke about Trayvon Martin.
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