As soon as producers pitched Kevin Hart on the character of Cedric in “Think Like a Man,” the comedian signed on. A fan of the source material, Steve Harvey's best-selling self-help book “Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man,” Hart said the key to playing Cedric, a character struggling through a divorce, involved imprinting the character with his comedic style.
“A lot of that was improv,” said the 33-year-old Hart during a one-on-one interview with The Oklahoman at Dallas' Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel. “I had actually just gone through a divorce — my divorce was just finalized as we started doing the movie. So I was able to channel the feelings and the problems that I went through in real life.”
While Harvey's book was aimed toward female readers and helping them understand how men view relationships, the film centers on a group of male friends facing various issues of trust, communication, initiative and focus in their various couplings. Zeke (Romany Malco of “Weeds” and “The 40 Year Old Virgin”) is pushing too hard for a physical relationship with Mya (Meagan Good), Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) finds inability to grow up is souring things with Kristen (Gabrielle Union), Dominic (Michael Ealy) hides his career inertia from his CEO girlfriend Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), and Michael (Terrence Jenkins) is too much of a mama's boy to focus on Candace (Regina Hall).