Kevin Hart says that Bruce Willis’ performance in Die Hard 2 makes him “one of the best action stars of all time.” (Exclusive)

by Nathan C

Kevin Hart has a very good reason to hope that fans of his action comedic series check out Die Hart 2: Die Harter.

Season 2 of the Roku Channel program premieres 35 years after the release of the film Die Hard, which is lovingly parodied in the series. Willis portrayed New York City police detective John McClane, who finds himself at the center of terrorist takeovers from which only he can save the city.

The series’ fifth and concluding film, A Good Day to Die Hard, was released in 2013, marking Bruce Willis’ final performance as John McClane before he retired from performing in 2022 due to aphasia. Willis’s family members, including his wife Emma, ex-wife Demi Moore, and daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn, issued a united statement in February confirming the actor’s diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

According to Hart’s interview with ET, “It’s only fair that I parody something he built” because he is a huge Bruce Willis fan and thinks he is one of the greatest action actors of all time.

He went on to boast that the two of them “know how to kick a** really well” and have “great bodies.”

Hart, in his role on Die Hart, imagines himself as an action hero who is sick of being seen as the comic relief. In the first season, Hart gets mentorship from seasoned stuntmen like John Travolta, who teach him the ropes of being an action hero and leading man. In season 2, Hart makes an impromptu picture in an effort to establish himself as the greatest action hero of all time. However, his schemes are soon derailed by an old adversary of his.

John Cena joins the cast this season as “Mr. 206,” a Hollywood stuntman; Ben Schwartz and Paula Bell join the cast as well; and Nathalie Emmanuel returns as Jordan King.

Hart told ET with great anticipation about the new season that “[the first season of Die Hart] was great, and we were like ‘OK, how do we do it again? How do we do it and make it bigger.'” In the first one, John Travolta, Josh Hartnett, Nathalie Emmanuel, and I were all in it; in the second one, John Cena is in it, and Nathalie Emmanuel is returning, too.

Hart has said that the “amazing” maneuvers in this season are his favorite part of the show and that he performs them himself, despite the presence of a stunt double on set.

He added that with a talented star like Cena, “you want to use him right, so we have some really cool stuff,” and that “right now, we have a great stunt coordinator” and “I think everyone is very involved in the development of this idea.”

The comedian, however, was confident that he hadn’t relied on a double. “I’m pretty hands-on,” he told ET. “Everyone knows that about me.”

What about the possible double for the trick?

“Yeah, he wasn’t with me. That was probably just my blood brother, who is in town,” Hart said to bolster his claim that he committed the deed. Nothing happened because of us; Tom Cruise, Jackie Chan, Harrison Ford, and I did it all.

The father of four acknowledged that he is juggling too many tasks at once but insisted that he wouldn’t have it any other way: “There’s always something to talk about, which is a good thing because you need to get to a place where I don’t have anything to talk about. So, I’m not looking at this as a bad thing. I just have a full plate.”

Hart quipped that he is “getting even” with his frequent co-star Dwayne Johnson for working with Ryan Reynolds by teaming up with Cena, another major figure in wrestling and movies.

Both Gal Gadot and Bradley Cooper squared off against each other in the Netflix film Red Notice. Johnson’s character in the film is FBI agent John Hartley. In the film, Reynolds portrays Nolan Booth, an art thief, and Gadot is “The Bishop.” Hartley and Booth team up to apprehend The Bishop, who is always a step ahead of the law enforcement.

“When I saw Ryan, we had a lengthy conversation about this,” Hart revealed to ET. However, the comedian claimed that he and the other comedian are “in a good place now. We worked it out.”

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