EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Hart Dishes on New 'Jumanji' Sequel, Claims He's 'Much Better Than Dwayne Johnson'

by Zach Seemayer 8:33 PM PDT, October 12, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Hart Dishes on New 'Jumanji' Sequel, Claims He's 'Much Better Than Dwayne Johnson'

Kevin Hart wants the world to know that his upcoming Jumanji sequel isn't trying to step on the toes of the beloved 1995 original.

"I don't want people to think that we're redoing Jumanji -- it's a continuation," Hart told ET at the premiere of his new stand-up comedy film, Kevin Hart: What Now? in New York City on Wednesday. "If Jumanji was to move on, this is what it would be."

Hart added that the filmmakers would never try to "touch something as good as that or try to make it our own," but instead they are creating a story that shares the same universe.

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"I think the audience is in for a treat, you know? Not only do we have a great cast, we have a great director [Jake Kasdan], and I think he's doing a great job of putting the film together."

Hart stars in the hotly anticipated sequel alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan, and the star-studded cast is shooting on-location in the dense wilderness of Hawaii.

"We're in a jungle, so you're getting a real effect," Hart added.

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As for re-teaming with his Central Intelligence co-star, The Rock, Hart had a very simple message: "I'm much better than Dwayne Johnson in this movie."

Recently, Hart and Johnson had to film a scene involving the 37-year-old comedian riding on the 44-year-old action star's back as he runs down a hill.

Johnson took to Instagram on Sunday to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the downsides of having someone riding a harness strapped around your waist all day, (hint: it involves the phrase "mooseknuckle in the spine").

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All things considered, however, Hart has had a pretty epic year: he got married to his longtime girlfriend, model Eniko Parrish, in August, he's been hanging out in the lush Hawaiian jungle, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday and he was recently named the year's highest-paid comedian by Forbes magazine.

However, Hart says he doesn't let his success go to his head. "I try not to think about those things," Hart explained. "I'm excited about where I am in life."

"More importantly, I understand what it takes to get here and that's a lot of hard work and dedication," he added, "and I'm at a point where I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon."

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The star's new stand-up special, Kevin Hart: What Now? -- which was filmed in front of a massive audience of 50,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia -- hits theaters on Friday.

For more on the upcoming Jumanji sequel, check out the video below.