Kevin Hart may not be the funniest or most creative comic on the circuit, but don't you dare question that he's the hardest working man in show business No one is doing more touring, film work and TV.
As the first world's ambassador to Rally Health, a national group committed to Americans making better health decisions, Hart is dedicated to spreading the word about the upside of living lean and strong. He took some time before his Friday night performance at the Target Center to talk about his philosophy and how he got there:
Q: Where does your drive come from?
A: It definitely is intense. I think what I do the most is prioritize. My morning starts at 5 a.m. so I have time to make my legs work. If you do it, your skin looks good, your body looks good, you motivate people around you to look better.
Q: What motivated you to make the change?
A: It's a pretty funny story. When I saw myself on the big screen in "Think Like a Man" I was a little heavier and enjoying the moment, but I realized I could have so many more opportunities if I opened my eyes and carried myself better.
Q: Was there anybody in particular who encouraged you to shape up?
A: I'd say it was Chris Rock. He said that if you want to be international, you've got to be bigger than telling one joke about the neighborhood.
Q: Who works harder than you?
A: Kobe Bryant is insane. LeBron James, Kevin Durant. They are all friends of mine. You look at Jay Z, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, they want to be the best. I love what I do. I want to keep opening doors. Someday there'll be a deadbolt and somebody will say I've gone too far. I'll just have to figure out how to get through that deadbolt.
Q: Is there anything you won't do? Drink?
A: I can't say I haven't had a drink on occasion or a glass of champagne. You just have to get smarter about it. You have your cheat days. But if I have a cheesesteak, I'm really going to have to work it off.
For a full review of Hart's Friday night concert at Target Center, see Monday's Variety section.
Natalie Portman's directing debut
The Cannes Film Festival is showcasing the directorial debut of Natalie Portman. Her first feature, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," is adapted from a novel by Amos Oz, the film is an ambitious period piece that charts the birth of the state of Israel. The Israel-born Portman also wrote the screenplay and stars in the Hebrew-language feature. Portman's film is playing outside of the main competition at Cannes — just like Ryan Gosling's "Lost River" did last year.