In the new romantic comedy About Last Night, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall’s explosive chemistry is pure date-night movie magic. The film is a contemporary take on the 1986 version with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. Starring Michael Ealy as Danny, originally played by Lowe; Joy Bryant as Moore’s Debbie; Kevin Hart as Bernie, originally played by James Belushi; and Regina Hall as Joan, originally played by Elizabeth Perkins, it brings to life the ups and downs of modern dating.
Philadelphia-born comedian Hart and Washington, D.C., native Hall are no strangers to going the extra mile to delight audiences on the big screen. Hall, fresh off her performance in last year’s The Best Man Holiday, is one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. Hart, with the record-breaking January release of Ride Along, has cemented his status as a viable and profit-making movie star.
In About Last Night, which opens, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day, Hart and Hall show off their comedic and dramatic acting chops. The Root caught up with the comic duo to chat about their relationships dos and don’ts, the differences between women and men and how to get the most out of Valentine’s Day this year.
The Root: About Last Night is a modern twist on the original 1986 release. Aside from being entertaining, universally relatable and hilarious at times, how would you describe your versions of the characters Bernie and Joan?
Kevin Hart: Bernie is a complex individual. I play a man who is totally against the model of relationships and love. And I believe in getting in and getting out. Meaning, get what you can get out of a female physically and have a good time, a drink and do whatever and then move on to the next one.
And with that being said, of course it means he’s not a love-at-first-sight guy. So this kind of situation in the movie takes him by storm. The fact that he ends up falling for a female that he had no intentions of falling for, and the way that he fell for her, was completely blindsiding.
Regina Hall: Joan is independent, free-spirited, passionate and unconventional, but also really smart, professional, really emotional. And she is committed. When I say that, I mean she emotionally commits to whatever she is doing. When she meets Bernie, she is not looking for a relationship, but she certainly isn’t frightened of one like Bernie is. She’s ready to go, but Bernie is not ready to go. So of course, with that said, you get a lot of combustible moments.
TR: In the film, your two characters try to help guide their love-drunk friends, Danny and Debbie, through the minefield of doom, once the I-love-yous have been spoken. Do you truly believe that in a relationship, the person who says “I love you” first or cares more has already lost the war?
RH: I don’t believe that. As long as you can feel how the other person’s feeling, we can all tell that. I mean … when you say “I love you” to someone and they don’t love you back, I think you know.
KH: I agree, I agree. Me being the lover that I am, women just say it, and I just draw it out of them.