Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin talk 'Grudge Match,' joke around: 3 highlights
Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin bring their comedic chops to the world of boxing in the sports comedy "Grudge Match."
The film stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, both of which are no stranger to "tough guy" roles, as two retired boxers from Pittsburgh. Their characters, Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) come to blows to settle a more than 30 year grudge they have had against each other, in a world where age has caught up to them and social media commentary is imminent.
In addition to De Niro, Stallone, Hart and Arkin, the film also stars Kim Basinger, LL Cool J, Anthony Anderson and comedian Joey Diaz. "Grudge Match" is in theaters nationwide.
OTRC.com recently spoke with Hart and Arkin, where, when they weren't joking around with each other, the two actors talked about sticking to the film's script vs. improvising, what Hart learned from Arkin as an actor and why the film is perfect for families during the holiday season.
Watch Hart and Arkin's interview with OTRC.com above and check out three highlights from the interview below.
1. On sticking to the script vs. improvising...
Arkin: "I didn't need to. I had great stuff in the script so I pretty much stuck to the script."
Hart: "I didn't. I was all over the place. That's what I do, so you need to be with a person that's good and realize that I'm all over the place. See, that's what makes him so good. He sat back and said, 'Oh this guy's all over the place' and then looked for his lines and said, 'Okay, I'm gonna keep us on track.' So he actually kept me on track, because I was off track, then Alan would bring me back."
2. Hart on what he learned from Arkin...
Hart: "Listen, I just loved the fact that Alan is sharp, man. I love the fact that regardless of his age or anything, it is very, it's exciting to see. It's exciting."
Arkin: "You're making fun of an old man."
Hart: "No I'm not Alan. I made fun of you when you can't hear me. That's when I made fun of you. But other than that, I don't make fun of you. Other than that, I love him to death, man."
3. On what makes the movie perfect for the holiday season...
Hart: "I mean that's what holiday movies are about. You know, they're about an overall message. They're about literally something to give people motivation or hope to do something in their lives."
Arkin: "I like to think of it as a knock-down, drag-out Christmas movie."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).