'Get Hard': T.I. Loved Working With Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart on New Movie, Talks Comedic Chemistry
T.I. has managed to maintain his rap career while acting in TV shows and movies in recent years. He has played himself in Entourage (he will reprise that role in the movie), a crime lord's nephew in American Gangster, and he will star opposite Paul Rudd in the upcoming Ant-Man film. The rapper had the chance to work with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart on Get Hard, which will hit theaters Friday, March 27. There is a slim chance he did not have fun making the movie: He loved working with the actors on the new movie. He also talked about comedic chemistry.
"Man, I think they're probably the best comedy duo probably since, man, Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, you know what I'm sayin'? They up there," he told XXL. "They feed off each other very well and they both some kick-ass clowns."
For those who have not seen the trailers, Ferrell plays rich man who receives a prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. He recruits Hart to prepare him for the "big house," assuming that he has been there before. Hart's cousin, played by T.I., actually has connections in prison, so the pair visit him in the movie to secure Ferrell's safety.
"I play a gentleman named Russell," T.I. said. "I play Kevin Hart's character's cousin. My character is ... Let's just say, they have reason to believe if ever Will's character had found himself in prison that I would be able to supply adequate protection."
So far, the reviews for the film have been poor.
But reviews were far better after T.I. dropped his ninth album, Paperwork, in October. The effort featured a slew of guest talent, including Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown and Usher.
"The connecting tissue is the masterful T.I. himself, who, on his ninth album, bows to no man: still rhyming internal bars effortlessly ('Here's a mental memento / You didn't know?'), still discussing the rap game and the crack game, still with a flow funkier than most," Rolling Stone wrote.