On masculine terms, how to rate Kevin Hart? Is he up there with Denzel Washington?
It’s not really one of the urgent questions of the day, but Kevin Hart gave an interview to The Breakfast Club, a black radio show in New York City, in which he declared definitively he wouldn’t play a gay role. Hold up, though, he’s on the right side of history: “First of all, in my defense, let me say I am politically correct…To the gay community and everything that you all do, and as people, I love you.”
So why eschew a gay role? According to Hart, it all comes down to a lack of faith in his machismo: “I can’t do that because I don’t think I’m going to dive into that role 100 percent, because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part.” Has Hart forgotten about “In-Living Color”, “The Jamie Foxx” show, Wesley Snipes in “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything”—that is, the storied history of black straight comedians and actors playing outrageously gay roles? Uh, seems so.