What Paul Reiser likes about co-star Kevin Hart
Paul Reiser feels a kinship with other comedians.
They generally have similar life experiences, admired the same people growing up and certainly understand the struggles of trying to make people laugh under the glare of hot spotlights.
So when he got to work with fellow comic Kevin Hart in the Netflix comedy “Fatherhood,” a feature-length movie that begins streaming Friday, June 18, it was like working with an old friend – even though the two had never met previously.
“We all started the same,” the New York native explains. “We all started in clubs and we all have that background, so there’s a brotherhood. Like we all know each other’s reputation even though we haven’t met so there’s an immediate warmth and a bond that makes it very easy to hit the ground running. But I’m sure he’s that way even without that particular bond.”
In “Fatherhood,” Reiser has a secondary role as Howard, the boss of Hart’s character Kevin, a single dad trying balance work and raising a baby daughter following the death of his wife a day after giving birth. The shoot was short and sweet for the 65-year-old “Mad About You” star, whose part required him to be on set for only a few days. But he gleaned a lot about his co-star from watching his interactions with other cast and crew.
“He’s just very welcoming and he brings a levity and just a joy to the set,” he says. “And watching him with this beautiful little baby, who’s adorable, who’s like so beautiful she almost looks fake. … And just seeing him interact with the kid and with the kid’s parents on the set, you can gauge a lot by how somebody is when you watch them with kids. And he just exudes a genuine warmth.”
Name: Paul Reiser
Birth date: March 30, 1956
Birthplace: New York City
Education: Has a Bachelor’s Degree in music from the State University of New York at Binghamton
Family ties: Has two children with wife Paula
TV credits include: “Remington Steele,” “My Two Dads,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Paul Reiser Show,” “Mad About You,” “Married,” “TripTank,” “Red Oaks,” “The Romanoffs,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Stranger Things,” “The Kominsky Method”
Movie credits include: “Diner” (1982), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984), “Aliens” (1986), “Beverly Hills Cop II” (1987), “Cross My Heart” (1987), “The Marrying Man” (1991), “Bye Bye Love” (1995), “One Night at McCool’s” (2001), “Funny People” (2009), “Behind the Candelabra” (2013), “Whiplash” (2014), “Concussion” (2015), “The Book of Love” (2016), “I Do … Until I Don’t” (2017), “The Spy Who Dumped Me” (2018)
Hidden talents: Recently took the piano back up, after learning it in childhood