Stars Lil Rel Howery and Anthony Carrigan talk about the film’s heart and humor (exclusive)
Netflix has officially released its new movie Paternity, a heartwarming, humorous comedy-drama that stars Kevin Hart as a single father raising his daughter after his wife’s death. Based on the real-life story of writer Matt Logelin, the film also stars Lil Rel Howery (Bird box) and Anthony Carrigan (Bill & Ted face the music), like Hart’s friends. The actor pair recently caught up with PopCulture.com to share their experiences working on the film, including its impact on their own lives.
During our conversation, Howery confessed that while filming Paternity, he was quite protected from the more emotional elements of the film due to the fact that he was playing a character to help with the comedic relief. It was not until he “looked” at it Howrey said that the weight of the fatherhood more moving moments hit it. Being a dad himself, Howrey explained that there were “so many moments” that hit him in the stomach, such as a scene where Hart is lying with his baby girl and talking sweetly to her.
Howrey then shared how he felt Paternity capture a “very good community spirit“and added that it’s a movie where we” see different people come together “for one purpose, to see this young girl looked after and loved.” I think that’s the feeling you want everyone to have “said Howrey.
Carrigan shared that he definitely felt the emotional weight of the film when reading the script, but noted that the “beautiful thing” about it was how well he “followed the line of treatment” of the subject. “I cried while reading the script, but in the next scene I was laughing, like I had doubled down, because he manages to strike such a balance between the two. And I think there is something in this movie for everyone. “
The old one Gotham star went on to say that while Paternity “deals with a lot of heavy subjects”, there is so much more than its saddest moments. “At the same time, it’s also very inspiring, and you walk away from it feeling so uplifted and happy, so that’s an important thing to identify as well.”
Paternity is now streaming, only on Netflix. For more on Anthony and Lil Rel, check out the above interview on our YouTube channel and be sure to stay tuned to PopCulture.com for the latest celebrity news and entertainment, 24 hours a day, 7 days on 7.