Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson sorry for mispronouncing Toronto

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Even though Kevin Hart botches Toronto’s pronunciation in his next action-comedy The man from Torontohe wants to assure everyone who challenged his hard “T” “Toe-RON-toe” that he meant no disrespect.

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“You have to remember that I’m not from Toronto. If you’re from Toronto, of course you know how it should be said,” Hart, 42, laughs during a video call from Ireland.

In the film, released Friday the netflixHart plays a screwed-up salesman who mistakenly confuses himself with an assassin known only as Man From Toronto at an Airbnb.

A distinct clash of personalities and contact with deadly mercenaries ensues.

Cheers Star Woody Harrelson, who plays the hitman, has visited the city several times over the years, having staged two plays there and attended numerous editions of the Toronto International Film Festival.

“Whenever it’s mispronounced to Torontonians, we apologize,” Harrelson, 60, said of Italy.

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“That’s the name of Woody’s hitman and not everyone who refers to him is from Toronto,” Hart explains. “He’s a world famous hitman and the legend of his murders has grown over the years and throughout his career. So you have to think everyone pronounced it that way – the Miami man, Wichita man – it was all over Everyone says Toe-RON-toe because they come from all over.

The Friends comedy, which also stars Kaley Cuoco, is firmly in Hart’s wheelhouse, following light material from the comic’s past comedy hits, including Central Intelligence and the Jumanji movies.

For Harrelson, a three-time Oscar nominee, the joke-filled comedy was an opportunity to work with an actor he’s long admired from afar.

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“I’m fascinated by Kevin’s life, his work ethic and his ability to be a real businessman,” says Harrelson. “He’s extremely smart and he has the ability to be funny in no time. It’s a rare thing and it’s not that easy to do, but he can knock it out of the park every time.

On a recent Sunday, Hart and Harrelson spoke more about the bond they formed while doing The man from Toronto.

Woody, you’ve been to Toronto several times. You’ve staged two plays here and had a yoga class at Queen’s Park. What is your favorite memory of your visit to Toronto over the years?

Harrelson: “This one actually. We did the yoga class, which at the time was the biggest yoga class ever in history. But we didn’t get that in the Guinness book (of world records) and now it’s been surpassed. But it was a great experience. Doing the parts there was another wonderful experience, so I love it there.

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You have such great chemistry, how did you establish this easy rapport in such a short time?

Stag: “I think when you’re a good person and you’re around good people, great results come from that. It wasn’t forced. Our conversations were fluid and our energy was in sync. I think it shows on screen. Woody and I got along very well from the start. When you work many days with someone, you want to be able to laugh and smile. You want to be able to talk and shake hands, so I’m glad I got to meet him. He’s a legend, so that’s definitely a big deal for me, and I told him that at the start of production and at the end.

Kevin Hart as Teddy and Woody Harrelson as The Man From Toronto in The Man From Toronto. Photo by Sabrina Lantos /netflix

Harrelson: “Oh that’s very sweet. I feel the same way. From the first time I met him, we had such great talks. I love him as a person and as a human being and what I see of him as a father and a husband. He’s an amazing man.”

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Your two characters, they have dreams beyond being a failed salesman and a hitman looking for a way out. They also doubt themselves a lot. You’re both hits now, but how did you ignore people who said you’d never make it in the beginning?

Stag: “It’s a natural occurrence in this business to meet people who don’t believe you can do what you’re about to do. I think the greatest asset you can have is self-confidence. Regardless of what you hear on the outside, it’s about what you feel on the inside. No one knows what you are capable of better than you. So for me, it was always about getting down and staying true to the goal. If I do that, I’ll get the results from the other side. I strongly believe in putting in the work and it will eventually pay off.

Harrelson: “Honestly, I admire Kevin for his confidence in him. I’ve never seen him doubt. Personally, I have a lot of doubts, and I get in my head about it. But looking back, I think I believed, after having a lot of theatrical experience, that I could continue to do television and films and such – and, fortunately, it happened.

The man from Toronto arrives on Netflix this Friday.

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