Kevin Hart’s semi-autobiographical drama series, co-starring Wesley Snipes, is streaming now.
Fans of Kevin Hart are seeing a very different side to the famous funny guy in his latest project, the Netflix original series True Story, in which he and Wesley Snipes play brothers. The seven-episode series also stars Billy Zane (Titanic), Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks), Chris Diamantopoulos (Red Notice),and Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy).
“I’ve never been more excited about an acting project in my career,” Hart told Deadline when the seven-episode series was first announced. “I’ve always been a fan of Wesley Snipes and working with him is mind-blowing.”
In True Story, Snipes plays Hart’s on-screen brother, Carlton, who joins Hart’s character, a famous comedian known only as The Kid, for a night of partying after one of his gigs. The fallout from that night includes a dead body, and the brothers spend the rest of the show trying to get themselves out of increasingly dangerous situations before The Kid’s reputation and livelihood are damaged beyond repair. But while Hart might be playing a funny guy in True Story, the tone of the show itself is a lot darker and grittier than fans might have been expecting.
“This was an opportunity for me to step outside of my norm and partake in a genre of this craft that I never imagined that I would get to… This is about me finding new excitement in my craft, in my talent, and putting it on display,” Hart told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a thriller; it’s like you’ve never seen me before. It’s a little artistic play. We wanted to raise the level of curiosity, like, ‘What is Kevin trying to say? Is he playing himself?'”
The line between Hart and The Kid is certainly a blurry one. As True Story opens, The Kid’s life and career certainly seem to echo Hart’s own: they both hail from Philadelphia, both have older brothers, and have both achieved a successful transition from stand-up to blockbuster movies. The writing and directing in the first episode seem to go to great lengths to highlight the semi-autobiographical details which are suggested by the show’s title, only for the crime drama elements to then take this true-ish story in a vastly different direction.
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