The pint-size comedian, newlywed and star of the upcoming film “What Now?” fronts Men’s Fitness’ “Game Changers” issue and reveals that he’s a fitness freak, saying “I don’t want to help death.”
WWD: How did you prepare for your cover? Did you amp up your routine in advance?
Kevin Hart: It’s nonstop. I’m a guy who believes in six days a week, sometimes seven.
WWD: So you’re a fitness guy. Why is working out important to you?
K.H.: I do a lot. There’s a heavy demand on my body. You can’t put that type of demand on your body without giving it a reason to respond. From touring to filming movies to traveling to being a husband to changing over to being a father, there’s not a lot of sleep, but I think the more of an enhanced physical condition that you’re in, the easier it is for you to obtain the workload that you’re creating. The workload I’ve created is manageable because of the physical fitness shape that I’m in. Those training days, those sessions that are early morning, put me in the right mental [state] to feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do to conquer my day. It all starts with physical fitness. It all starts with health. At the end of the day, I don’t want to help death. I would love to lower the chances of me not being here. The best way to lower those chances is to take care of your heart, your body, your soul.
WWD: Congratulations on tying the knot with Eniko Parrish a couple of months ago. How’s married life treating you?
K.H.: The best part of being married to me is that you get to laugh every day. For no reason at all. You just laugh. I’m a pleasant person to be around. It’s very rare to see me on a bad day. My worst day is a person’s happiest. I pride myself on living, loving, and laughing and I spread that energy wherever I am, with whoever can be touched. My spirit is contagious and my wife gets it first hand.
WWD: What can we expect from your new film “What Now?” when it hits theaters on Oct. 14?
K.H.: That’s my baby. That’s my focus. It’s pushing the envelope. I think stand-up comedy needed to be re-created, redefined, so what I tried to do was add a rock-‘n’-roll-like environment to stand-up comedy — hence the production, hence the big spectacle of an idea being molded into a concert film. Selling out a football stadium is nothing to be frowned upon. It’s never been done. Everything I’m doing now to make history is to set myself apart for our generation and be special. Stand-up comedy has given me an amazing platform to do so. This one here is my best work to date and I think people are going to be in for a treat. Fingers crossed.