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Kevin Hart: “Let Me Explain” is a big step for the once smalltime comedian

7/3/2013, 8:34 a.m.
Comedian Kevin Hart's "Let Me Explain" was shot in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden.
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Here's the OFFICIAL "LET ME EXPLAIN" theatrical trailer....

Kevin Hart Let Me Explain Movie opening in theaters on July 3, 2013.

Kevin Hart Let Me Explain Movie opening in theaters on July 3, 2013.

On July 3rd, Kevin Hart celebrates his 33rd birthday and his growth, via his new stand-up comedy film “Let Me Explain.”

It’s a full Hartbeat production, funded by Hart. He also serves as co-director and producer.

“This is all my vision from start to finish,” Hart said.

In his well-honed, raw storytelling style, on the biggest stage known to entertainers (Madison Square Garden), Hart delivers truth, jokes, and pyrotechnics.

There is an aura that comes with headlining at MSG. Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, George Carlin, and Andrew Dice Clay have all sold out MSG.  And now, Kevin Hart is on that list at number six.

“That’s what hit me the hardest,” Hart said. “You’re in the history books. You’re someone who came and sold out Madison Square Garden by telling jokes.”

But this success and fame has been built off of trying moments for Hart.

“There was just so much [expletive] that I started to hear,” Hart said about his rise to stardom. “So, I address everything, but in a comedic way. Hence, ‘Let Me Explain’.”

The Philadelphia native was recently in Atlanta for a private screening, where he went into detail about how he has gotten to this point in his career and life.

“I feel like it’s so easy for people to form an opinion about you and your life,” Hart explained. “Those opinions that are circulating become rumors, and those rumors become ‘truth’ to the media.”

Fresh off a DUI arrest in April, Hart’s maturity is not limited to just on-screen.

“You do things because you get away with them for a long time,” Hart said. “You don’t realize how stupid the stuff you’re doing is, until you get caught. So, by being careless and stupid for 20 seconds, I could have compromised my kids’ fatherhood and my employment. That’s the revelation that I had about [the DUI].”

The DUI also opened Hart’s eyes to the great support he had from his close comedic circle, which includes a number of living legends.

“Steve Harvey is a great mentor and friend,” Hart said. “He’s a man that’s educated me on so many different levels. With guys like that in my corner, sky’s the limit.”

Right now, Hart arguably sits on the throne as the king of comedy. But some may say Dave Chappelle is on sabbatical.

“There is no replacing Dave Chappelle,” Hart said. “That’s a guy who’s paved the way for young guys like myself to come up and do what I’m doing now. In no way shape or form have I passed him or will I ever pass him. Dave Chappelle is Dave Chappelle for a reason.”

Despite his fame, Hart maintains a level head about the good and bad.

“There is a positive in every negative,” he said. “You just got to be smart enough to look for it.”