When Ice Cube and Kevin Hart’s action comedy Ride Along became a surprise box office hit in 2014, grossing an impressive $154 million (£107 million) globally, a sequel was pretty much inevitable. Sure enough, Ride Along 2 opens in cinemas this weekend and in the best possible way, it offers more of the same: Ice Cube’s deadpan detective James Payton has another tough case to crack, but he’d rather not be doing it with Kevin Hart’s fast-talking junior officer Ben Barber, who also happens to be his future brother-in-law.
“This movie is about [my character] trying to accept my sister’s poor choice for a husband,” a hilarious Ice Cube told NME at the film’s London junket yesterday. “I gotta live with that as well as trying to solve one of the biggest cases of my career, man. So I don’t know how complicated they can make it for me!”
We also gave Hart the chance to defend his character, whom he describes as “very persistent and a guy that’s a strong believer in his ability to succeed”, and asked how an unlikely sidekick played by Community‘s Ken Jeong affects the duo’s dynamic. Watch the full video interview with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart below.
Ride Along 2 is out now in cinemas.