Netflix 'Fatherhood' Full Cast List: Meet Kevin Hart and other stars of drama
“In general, what's important about this movie is that there are universal themes. There's love and happiness, and sadness and death, and that's what remains. You can change everything about this movie as long as you keep those sentiments," author Matt Logelin said. Based on Logelin's story, Netflix's 'Fatherhood' not only brings to life a beautiful father-daughter relationship but also gives Kevin Hart an opportunity to do more than just serve up some laughs. He plays Logelin in the film.
"If you go into it with a nervous energy, then it’s going to show on camera. If you’re not confident about the thing that you want to do, then you can’t be confident about how it’s going to come out. I’m confident that I’m making the right decision to show growth. This is a movie that’s going to shock people and show a different side of me. As long as I do my job on set, then I’m happy," Hart told the press ahead of the release. Here's a look at the cast of Netflix's latest offering.
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With 'Fatherhood', Hart explores a genre he has consciously stayed away from. With him, it was always about comic relief and this film will serve as a welcome departure given the comedy-intensive filmography he prides himself on. 'Think Like a Man' (2012), 'Grudge Match' (2013), 'Ride Along' (2014), 'About Last Night' (2014), 'Get Hard' (2015), 'Central Intelligence' (2016), 'The Secret Life of Pets' (2016), 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie' (2017), 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' (2017), and 'Jumanji: The Next Level' (2019) are all on the lighter side and see him do what he does best, comedy. 'Fatherhood' poses a challenge for him, one that he will hopefully ace.
In related news, Hart has had a tough few years off of work. He was embroiled in a major controversy when some of his past homophobic tweets resurfaced, following which he had to step down as the Oscars 2019 host. Later, he starred in the Netflix docuseries 'Don't F*** This Up' which highlighted his personal struggle, especially with the cheating scandal he found himself at the center of. His wife Eniko Parrish found out that he was cheating on her when she was seven months pregnant.
The creators have tried to stick to Logelin's story as much as they could but the way the actors portrayed their characters was something not under their control. This brings us to the way Alfre Woodard played Logelin's mother-in-law. "The film plays up some of the tensions that you would expect to have between a mother-in-law and a son-in-law that never really existed in our relationship. It's great for the movie, but it's not something that happened in real life,” Logelin said.
It was only when Logelin's wife Liz Goodman dies that Woodard's character comes into the picture. Naturally, they don't start off with a lot of peace but it gets better with time. "There’s friction. There’s head-butting, but at the core of it, we both love Maddy. We have different ways of seeing how to raise a child best, which is what happens in families, so there are fireworks, but there is also a lot of love. I spend most of the picture trying to convince Kevin’s character that he does need help," Woodard explained.
On the surface, the role may seem hard to perfect but given Woodard's rich acting background, it was probably a cakewalk. She starred in '12 Years a Slave', which received nine nominations, and went on to win three awards at the 86th Academy Awards. Some of her other acting credits include 'Miss Evers' Boys' (1997), 'Bopha!' (1993), 'Passion Fish' (1992), and 'Miss Firecracker' (1989).
Lil Rel Howery
Howery plays Matt’s friend Jordan, who is a voice of reason in Logelin's life. He helps the single father tackle the challenges that come with raising a child. It shouldn't have been difficult for Howery to adapt to the role given his rich acting background. He has starred in some of the most important films made in the last few years. The 2018 Netflix film saw him share the frame with Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson in 'Bird Box'. But his greatest performance was one from Oscar-winning 'Get Out' that gave him superstar status. This aside, he executive produced his own sitcom 'Rel'. Clearly, he's a man of many talents.
Watch 'Fatherhood' on Netflix when it premieres on June 18, Friday.