Kevin Hart finds character close to home in 'Think Like a Man Too'

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By Eric Kelsey

BEVERLY HILLS Calif. (Reuters) - The boisterous pint-sized Kevin Hart never had to venture too far afield to find the source for the happily single Cedric cursed with bad luck in comedy "Think Like a Man Too," which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.

The comedian known for his spark-plug energy found his \character hidden within a longtime friend.

"My friend Jamal has been a loser since day one," Hart said. "I've never seen anybody with worse luck. That's Cedric. He's that guy."

Hart reprises the role of the good-intentioned but snake-bitten Cedric in the follow-up to 2012's "Think Like a Man," an ensemble comedy from "Fantastic Four" filmmaker Tim Story that brings couples - and a few singles - together in Las Vegas.

It is guys versus girls in dueling bachelor and bachelorette parties ahead of the wedding between single mom Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence J), who has to stand up to his over-bearing mother's not-so-subtle disapproval.

Each couple has their own problems with trust, children or balancing professional ambition with love.

But it is Hart's Cedric - happily on a trial separation from his wife - whose mission to deliver the best bachelor party for Michael goes off course. True to his character study, he fails and flails his way through Sin City's poolside cabanas, blackjack tables and clubs until everyone winds up in jail.

"In acting, you have to pull from real-life situations, from people, to help develop a character," Hart said.   Continued...

Actor Kevin Hart poses during a photocall for the film 'Think Like A Man Too'  in Beverly Hills, California June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn