Why Kevin Hart Hopped into Snowball Role in The Secret Life of Pets
In “The Secret Life of Pets,” Kevin Hart voices a little white bundle of fur and fury named Snowball, a bunny bent on violent revolution against the human race.
“Snowball’s actions as well as attitude are beyond justified,” Hart explains. “He’s a guy who loves the idea of people as well as being a pet. He loved the idea of being attached to a person. And when that person separated himself and left him a stray, it hurt him. It left him in a place where not only was he hurt but he was angry.”
And so Snowball breaks the other animals out of their pound cages using a key he chews from a carrot, and takes on the two-legged world that turned his back on him, even as he hides a secret soft spot. “Snowball eventually wants what any pet wants,” says Hart, “and that’s love.”
Kevin Hart Sought a Movie with Lasting Success in The Secret Life of Pets
The animated feature, which opens Friday and also stars the voice talents of Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper, Eric Stonestreet and Lake Bell, presented a unique opportunity for Hart, best known for buddy action pictures like “Central Intelligence” with Dwayne Johnson, “Ride Along” with Ice Cube and “Get Hard” with Will Ferrel.
“It’s dope,” he says. “You want to do an animation film that could potentially have legs. I think anybody that jumps on board to do animation never does it with the expectation of being one-and-done. These are things that can turn into massive successes, domestically as well as globally. For me to jump on and be part of ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ I looked at it like something that could be big.”
Plus, he couldn’t turn down the role of a rabbit with attitude: “The character of Snowball was such a refreshing character to play with lots of levels and spaces for fun that I would have been a fool not to be a part of it.”
“The Secret Life of Pets” imagines what happens when we leave our pets to themselves during the day. “My dogs cook on the stove,” Hart jokes. “My dogs make like potato salad and spaghetti as soon as I leave the house, 100 percent.”
And he insists they leave behind the evidence. “It’s just a bunch of pans and dishes with residue of potato salad and spaghetti in them,” he says. “I know it’s them because they don’t use spoons or forks. No cooking utensils. You see dog prints all over them.”