The stars were out last week at the Regal South Beach Stadium 18 for the red carpet premiere of “Ride Along,” the latest buddy comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Hart plays a fast-talking security guard who joins his brother-in-law cop James (Ice Cube) on a ride along in order to get a seal of approval from him to marry his sister (Tiki Sumpter).
John Leguizamo, who plays James’ fellow police officer, had his share of going on some police ride alongs.
“I am not going to lie, but it’s scary.” Leguizamo said. “I was doing a ride along in Albany, New York and I was scared. You don’t know if you are going to make it or if you are going to get shot.”
Leguizamo also said he had good time shooting “Ride Along,” especially working with Hart and Cube.
“With Kevin Hart and Bryan Callen, we had a lot of big comics on the set. Then you had Cube, in which kept asking him to do my old school raps from N.W.A. and his albums. We were always talking, moving or rapping. We had a good time. It was a blast.”
Along promoting his latest movie, Leguizamo is also getting ready to have his fifth comedy special, “Ghetto Klown,” premiere on HBO on March 28th.
“This one is about my career,” Leguizamo said. “It’s about the ups and downs, the real stuff that happens, dealing with depression and how you’d pick yourself after through that thing. How do you maintain yourself as an artist and still be hilarious.”
In terms of getting good on-screen chemistry with Ice Cube, Hart said he thinks it really shows in the film because they are good friends in real life. He also says that there has to be a great relationship between co-stars to make a good movie.
“If you can’t get along off camera, you’re not going to get along on camera no matter how good you are as an actor because that tension will come out,” Hart says. “In this particular case, there was no tension. You are looking at two guys who respect one another’s craft and we elevated each other’s craft. We both made each other better.”
Ice Cube is not hesitant in saying that he thoroughly enjoyed working with Hart on “Ride Along.”
“I had as much fun as I had with any comedian that I worked with in the past,” Ice Cube said. “I think Kevin and Mike Epps are neck-to-neck in terms of their energy, their upbeat attitude and their willingness to work. I haven’t seen an impeccable pro like this in a long tome.”
“Ride Along” is now playing in Hialeah theaters. Click here for showtimes.