There’s been a ton of space talk among the rich and famous the past few years, with Elon Musk and his huge tech empire heading the conversation. With Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recent trip into space fresh in the mind, the entertainment world has looked into launching celebrities into space. Apparently, Fatherhood star and comedian Kevin Hart isn’t on board with strapping himself into a space-bound rocket ship, because he turned down an offer to boldly go. Now, he has explained exactly why he was unwilling to explore the cosmos.
Kevin Hart came forward with the fact that he was offered a seat on a rocket headed to space during an episode of his own show on Sirius XM, Straight From The Hart,. In addition to being one of Hollywood’s nicest guys, he may just be one of the smartest too, because the reason why he won’t go to space makes a ton of sense. Here’s the very logical reasoning behind his refusal to go to space, in Hart’s own words:
You know what I said to them? Here's what I said to him. I said, 'I would love to know the record of space shuttles that made it versus the ones that didn't. What's the record of success versus non-success? And that's my reason. That number's too close. It’s not a crazy upside-down number one way or the other. It’s too fucking close. And that's that for me.
There are plenty of people who would kill to go to space, especially if they were even being paid to do so like in Hart's case. While Kevin Hart seems to be blatantly on the side that does not have the overwhelming desire to go to space themselves, he does say that maybe if he were older he would be more on board. And also throws out another very personal point. Here it is in his own words:
Now, if I'm on the other side of life, if I'm 60, 65, my kids are a certain age. I've, you know, seen all the flowers blossom, and I've lived life, that's something that you punctuate it with. At this point, when you've got these little ones… Nah, I can't fuck around with space at this point.
Apparently, no amount of money would be worth the chance of leaving his children without him to support them. Maybe once they’ve grown and left the nest Kevin Hart will revisit the idea. The offer may no longer be there, but he certainly has the means to get himself to space if he really wanted to.
But it's honestly hard not to consider what sending Kevin Hart to space would like like. I’ve got to say, seeing Hart react to space would probably be one of the most enjoyable comedic experiences I have ever seen, and I’m semi-bummed that he turned it down. I totally get Hart’s reasoning, though, and I can’t say I would do anything differently there. Still, missing out on some of the comedic gold that would have resulted in a Hart special about his experience in space is a hole fans will now likely have in their hearts.