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 film work, TV and touring -- including a Friday night date at Target Center in Minneapolis.
As ambassador to Rally Health, a national group committed to helping Americans make better health decisions, Hart is trying to spread the word about the upside of living lean and strong. He took some time Friday afternoon 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 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, Beyonce, 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? Have a steak?
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 the next day.
For a review of Hart's Friday night concert at Target Center, see startribune.com/variety on Saturday, or pick up Monday's Variety section.