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It was just a few days after I’d met Kevin Hart backstage. Hart was on tour in Europe and when the conversation happened, he was wearing a hoodie and skinny jeans. He put his hand to his chin and said, “What’s gonna be real?”
I liked Kevin Hart so much, I invited him backstage one day when he was on tour. I was going over to his dressing room because I was giving him a lot of props because he was such a legend and he came out to meet us.
I said, “Thank you.” Then he put his fingers to his chin and said, “What’s gonna be real?”
It was the best line ever in dressing rooms. And I remember him saying, “If I don’t know what the hell’s going on, what’s the point of doing this? If I don’t like what I see, what’s the point of going out there?”
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Hart was a massive star on the rise. But over the past few years, he’d become increasingly frustrated with the way the world was treating him — and his talent. He’d become a voice for those whose lives were impacted by the opioid crisis. He was a social justice advocate. He was a political prisoner. And in the process, he’d become a lightning rod for some of the most vitriolic and vicious criticism in entertainment.
On the evening before his concert in London, which was being streamed on Facebook Live on the site’s “Watch” page, Hart took to Facebook and began sharing his frustration with the world. He was upset with the media, especially a piece he’d read in Rolling Stone, which described him as “a rich but troubled man”, a man who’d gone into “the darkness” of the drug