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Kevin Hart Went To The Extreme For The Borderlands Movie

"Borderlands" has its share of comedic moments, but it is still a series set in a gritty, bleak universe with a mature story. So Kevin Hart's signing as Roland understandably worried some fans about whether or not the movie would really take the source material as serious as they hoped. However, in a recent interview with Collider, Hart assured fans that there will be "no comedy" in his take on Roland.

Director Eli Roth apparently told Hart that if he could "show up prepared," then he could play Roland. In response, Hart trained with the Navy Seals to get into the headspace of a soldier. After all, Roland is a Soldier class character and former member of a private military force called the Crimson Lance, so training with soldiers would be the closest thing to a real-life experience for Hart. Roland also knows how to fight with a variety of weapons, (though he prefers shotguns and combat rifles).

"So I went, I did some training with some Navy Seals, I got real good with weapons, I got real good with hand-to-hand combat," Hart told Collider. He also went on to praise his fellow cast members and describe the experience of filming the movie in Budapest as "unreal."

"'Borderlands,' nobody knows what to expect, but if this thing comes and it smacks people correctly, you could be looking at 'Borderlands 2,' 'Borderlands 3.' It's that good," Hart said about the progress on set.

The rundown on the Borderlands movie

Kevin Hart has a comedy-centric resume. Over the course of his career, he has starred in a number of movies and television specials, and even worked as the Executive Producer on many of his own projects. He's previously shown a taste for video game-themed action in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Jumanji: The Next Level."

Even before Hart revealed his promise to Roth about showing up prepared for the audition, Roth expressed his excitement at the comedic actor's involvement in the project. "'Borderlands' is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they've never seen before," Roth told The Hollywood Reporter. "He's going to be an amazing Roland."

In addition to Hart, the cast includes Jack Black as Claptrap, Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Patricia Tanis, and Olivier Ritchers as Krom. Earlier in the year, SVG also reported that Edgar Ramirez would play Atlas, who may serve as the main villain of the movie.

Most recently, fans got a chance a virtual tour through the set of the "Borderlands" movie with Randy Pitchford during Gearbox's E3 presentation