Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell bring their new comedy to SXSW in Austin, Texas.
AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (MARCH 16, 2015) (REUTERS) – Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart combine their comic talents for the new film “Get Hard.”
The duo hit South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas to premiere the movie on Monday (March 16).
In the film, Ferrell plays a business man sentenced to prison time and calls upon Hart’s character, to help him prepare for his time behind bars.
A lot of the comedy in the film is based on racial stereotypes.
“In this film it’s something that happens, and I think it’s adjusted. You know, you got two characters that assumed because of their appearance or because of a person’s lifestyle they’re a certain type of person. And what they end up doing is realizing that it’s the complete opposite. And then you see a road to friendship between these two guys,” explained Hart.
“If you’re going to do a movie like this you kind of have to dive in with both feet. And I think we saw it as an opportunity to not only make fun of the assumptions that we have about each other. But in the end to show that, you know, there is a real potential to have racial harmony and it’s a really easy thing for us to work on,” added Ferrell.
Stepping behind the camera to direct for the first time is “Tropic Thunder” screenwriter, Etan Cohen.
Originally the film was given a NC-17 rating, which forced Cohen to tone down the movie to earn a R rating.
“I don’t want to reveal what we lost because there’s still a lot of it. I want to save that to be a surprise, but you’ll know when you see it” said Cohen.
Hart admitted the film is definitely raunchy.
“I think once you see the movie and once your fan base sees the movie you’ll automatically know what I’m talking about. There is one particular scene that took us over the top that we kind of, we kind of scale that back a little bit.”
In addition to promoting the film, Hart is also preparing for his upcoming comedy tour, and says he is simply living a dream.
“Whether it’s touring or whether it’s acting, you know, I think it’s the best of both worlds and I’m very fortunate to be in this position. And I didn’t get here by myself, I’ve got a fan base to help me. So, I love them for it and hopefully this ride doesn’t stop anytime soon.”
“Get Hard” is scheduled to hit theaters on March 27.