Hart tells EW why the wrestling superstar turned actor is his favorite BFG

By Leah Greenblatt
August 04, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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They trade workout tips. They impersonate each other pretty well on promo tours. They speak Spanish (not quite as well).

Together, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have also proved to be very, very good at turning out massive buddy-movie blockbusters. And so they’ll be working together again, very soon: After the success of this summer’s Central Intelligence, they’ve already announced plans for a second pair-up for 2017, a Jumanji reboot currently shooting with supporting players Jack Black and Nick Jonas.

Hart is excited, but keenly aware of the love fans have for the 1995 original. “I think we really have the opportunity to do something special,” he told EW in a cover interview on stands now. “We’re doing a remake of a movie that has no weak points. Jumanji was an amazing film — rest in peace to Robin Williams. So we’re not trying to recreate the movie that people may be familiar with, we’re trying to modernize it, for those people who don’t know what Jumanji is, in a clever, unique way. Not destroy the movie, of course, but pay homage to all parties that were involved in it and just make it special for this generation.”

It helps, he says, that he and Johnson have become genuine friends offscreen: “It’s not forced, it’s not programmed. It’s a real friendship — that’s my guy. Teaming up with him was a no-brainer. Look, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing people at this point. From [Ice] Cube to Will Ferrell, Josh Gad — I love Josh to death. DeNiro, Stallone. And the thing about Dwayne that just stands out is, we both approach our days exactly the same… [That’s why] Our [Central Intelligence] promo tour was so dope. It was long, the hours were ridiculous, but we had fun because we love it.”

“Some people get it, some people don’t,” he continues. “He gets it. If you go look at his social media, at the way he embraces and engages his fan base, how available he is, how he lets people see behind that curtain of what he’s doing — he takes the time out to give back, to be seen, to be heard when he doesn’t have to. And the physical fitness! How wrestling was his first platform and he maximized all that potential….The guy is just so involved.”

That doesn’t mean Hart plans to keep it strictly monogamous on the work front; he’s got a few other future onscreen bromances in mind, he says: “I’d love to work with [Hangover director] Todd Phillips. He’s a good friend of mine — we’re just trying to find that right project. To be in this business and not work with Denzel [Washington] would be tough. I would love to work with Denzel. I would love to work with Will Smith. I’d love to work with Tom Cruise. Mark Wahlberg. Who else is on that list? Channing [Tatum]. Jonah [Hill].”

Hart’s actually been known to enjoy an occasional dance cardio session — does that mean he might have any interest in joining Tatum’s recently announced Magic Mike Live revue in Vegas? “You know what?” he laughs. “Yeah! I should go in there and put a little Chocolate Thunder in it. Yes.”

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