Kevin Hart is going to play a famous comic swept up in a crisis in the Netflix limited series ‘True Story.’ He chose to stay close to his comfort zone when it comes to “True Story.” He is playing a wealthy and famous comedian while stretching in another, in a dark drama of cascading stakes and consequences. Hart, who also co-produces the Netflix limited series with Eric Newman of “Narcos’”, delivers a crisp and compelling drama that, at seven episodes, avoids the blunder of stretching out the act beyond its weight.
After the series, Kevin Hart is expected to be seen in another dramatic role for a Netflix movie named “Fatherhood,” which will be a much softer exercise.
There he is going to be seen playing the role of some kid who comes to play in his hometown of Philadelphia and then a night out with his support-hungry brother Carlton, which is played by Wesley Snipes, makes them fall into a major crisis and it forces him to help his brother in cleaning up the mess, and that’s when they fall into the orbit of some really bad people.
The kid is also juggling high-profile film parts, but his off-screen portrayal of calm and collected under pressure is hit-or-miss, with his aggressive demeanor upsetting his manager (Paul Adelstein) and causing conflict among those around him.
Much of the fun in “True Story” comes from seeing the world through Hart’s eyes, or at least the equivalent of them, as someone who is constantly scrutinized but receives plenty of perks, all while dealing with adoring fans, one of whom (played by Theo Rossi from “Sons of Anarchy”) plays a key role in the plot.
“True Story” is mostly a pass-the-popcorn film, with each apparent escape from the hangman’s noose yielding an unexpected twist that takes the comedian deeper into this nightmare, jeopardizing the profession he has worked so hard to achieve, and demonstrating how far he will go to protect it.
Indeed, if Kid seemed miscast for the realm of true crime, “They don’t know what I did to get here,” he says of his celebrity at one point.