AceShowbiz - %cWill Ferrell% and %cKevin Hart% respond to criticisms against "Get Hard". The comedy was slammed for perpetuating stereotypes due to the storyline which sees Ferrell's character who is afraid of prison rape hiring a black acquaintance (Hart) to help him prepare for jail with the assumption that the latter had been in prison before.
"Any time you're going to do an R-rated comedy, you're going to offend someone," Ferrell said to The Associated Press. "But that's kind of what we do. We provoke. We prod. We also show a mirror to what's already existing out there. We're playing fictitious characters who are articulating some of the attitudes and misconceptions that already exist."
His co-star Hart explained, "You're looking at two characters that judged each other by their cover. And after peeling off some of the layers to their onion, they realize that, 'Oh my God, this isn't the person I thought it was from the jump. It's a completely different person.' And that road to friendship ensues."
"Here's the beautiful thing about Will and myself: You're looking at two guys that are no strangers to criticism," he added. "The critic's job is to critique. I don't think I've ever had a great review on a film that I've done. Not one. Everybody always has had something to say. And if they're not talking, then you have a problem."