Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Hart in the Right Place; Funnyman Loves Animation Experience and Wants More

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Hart in the Right Place; Funnyman Loves Animation Experience and Wants More

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The Secret Life of Pets

Stars: Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Ellie Kemper.

Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud.

Rating: G

Reviewer's last word: This fast-paced and funny animated family film is simple yet entertaining for movie-goers of all ages thanks to a talented voice cast.

Star Profile: Kevin Hart

Quirky fact: Once worked as a shoe salesman, but quit the job to work full-time in comedy clubs.

Best known for: Ride Along, Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Despicable Me, Minions, Finding Dory.

Quote: "A reputation as a hard worker is a good reputation to have. It's also about being professional and very loyal to the people who put me here, which would be my fans."

SCREEN LIFE

with Seanna Cronin

KEVIN Hart is often the butt of the joke in his films.

Whether it's a quip about the comedian's height or his high-pitched voice, he's a very physical actor who's not afraid to poke fun at himself.

But in his latest movie role, the American funnyman lets rip from the safety of a recording studio.

Hart plays a white rabbit named Snowball in The Secret Life of Pets, the new family film from the creators of Despicable Me.

"It (the role) came out of nowhere but I'm glad that it did," Hart tells Weekend.

"It's a great character, Snowball is a very, very funny character."

The film follows a terrier named Max (Louis CK) whose quiet life with his owner is upended when she takes in Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Hart immediately related to the film's central concept of taking a look at what pets do when their owners aren't home.

"I'm a dog guy. I've got a doberman pinscher and the little version (miniature pinscher)," he says.

"I wonder all the time what are my dogs doing when I leave.

"It wouldn't shock me (if they get up to trouble). My little one is bad. I don't know what that little one is up to."

When a series of events leads Max and Duke out on to the city streets, they are mistaken for strays and locked in a van bound for the pound. …

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