While in the development process, I explained my world to Eric. Everyone gives you their energy, good or bad. their problems. It is: “I want you to -” “Can you – ?” “You know what’s going on with me, do you think you can help?” When is it too much? Nobody wants to hear what you don’t want or can’t. So you find yourself being pushed around.
Do you think there’s a lure in bad behavior around every corner, as he does?
[Expletive] yes, it’s still there! it’s easy to be stupid [expletive]. It can be used whenever you want. Doing the right thing, living life right, there is a conscious effort behind it. And this is work. That’s not to say it works poorly, but you’re constantly working to make sure you’re doing things right and appropriately. You need a good team around you that has no problem saying no.
How did you get Wesley Snipes to play the Kid’s brother Carlton?
Once we got really into this character, we realized that he was a very important piece of the puzzle. We need a really good actor who can pull Carlton, and Wesley Snipes is out. “Do you think we can have it?” we said. “I’m going to lie down” I said. Wesley thought it was a comedy at first; It was a little distant. I had to explain to him that this was serious and that I wasn’t kidding. “Okay, you better bring it,” he said when he locked the material. Because if I do, that’s what I expect.” “Don’t say it again” I said.
[Hart excuses himself to go to the bathroom. When he returns, he is again speaking on his cellphone, this time to the filmmaker F. Gary Gray, who is directing Hart’s upcoming heist movie, “Lift.”]
Do you have to play that much ball to be an entertainer these days?
My reality is madness. The amount of things I’m able to manage, delegate and run at the same time is mind-blowing. It is talent within talent. I can multitask like anyone else’s job.
I assume you can turn them all down if you wish – only want to do one or two projects a year?
Then what am I supposed to do for the rest of the year? [Laughs.] I’ll wiggle my thumbs. I’m going crazy man.