Kevin Hart Says He Won’t Play a Gay Character, Turned Down Tropic Thunder Role for Being Too “Flagrant”

Kevin Hart
In a recent radio interview, Kevin Hart said he would not play a gay character. Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

It's been big week for comedian Kevin Hart, whose movie The Wedding Ringer was released on Friday, Jan. 16 and who hosted the Jan. 17 episode of Saturday Night Live. But a recent radio interview with the actor, 35, has sparked some controversy after Hart said he would not play a gay character on the screen. 

"I can't," he told Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club on Jan. 16 of playing a homosexual character. "Not because I have any ill will or disrespect. It's because I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100 percent because of insecurities about myself trying to play that part. Does that make sense?"

The newly engaged Hart also admitted that he turned down the role of Alpa Chino in 2008's Tropic Thunder, which ultimately went to Brandon T. Jackson

"The dude, he was doing a lot of stuff in the draft that I read," Hart said. "It was real flagrant. … I was like, 'I can't do this.'"

The actor and stand-up comedian went on to explain that he didn't have any problem with the gay community, adding, "As people, I love you." 

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