In an interview, ace comedian Kevin Hart discussed his desire to change the stereotype around black fathers in popular media.
The Today interview was done to promote Hart’s new movie on Netflix titled, Fatherhood. Fatherhood will be released on the platform on Friday, June 18.
“I love the opportunity of being a Black father on-screen in a positive light. Most of the times they’re on drugs, off drugs, in jail, out of jail. To have some sort of positivity behind it and maybe being a part of changing the stereotype,” said the 41-year-old Hart.
In Fatherhood, Kevin Hart plays a single dad raising his daughter after the untimely death of his wife.
The movie is co-produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their production company, Higher Ground.
“The reason why they wanted to take on the project was because of the story and having them see and understand the positive message behind it, that’s as good as it gets for me,” Hart also added.
Fatherhood is based on the book Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love by Matthew Logelin. Logelin’s wife Liz died 27 hours after the couple’s daughter was born.
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Fatherhood also stars Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, Paul Reiser, veteran actress Alfre Woodard and Melody Hurd as “Maddy”.
Hart is a father to four children. The comedian welcomed his second with wife, Eniko Parrish last year; the couple also has a son in addition to Hart’s two older children from his first marriage.
His older children, Heaven and Hendrix, were on set with him while filming the movie, which according to him allowed them to bond even tighter.
“One of the best things about filming my movie “Fatherhood” was that my kids got to be on set with me the entire time….being a father while filming a movie about the importance of fatherhood made me want to be an even better Father…. @mattlogelin story is beyond inspiring ….June 18th on @netflix people….MARK YA CALENDARS!!!!! #Fatherhood,” Kevin Hart wrote on Instagram.
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