Time has a funny way of flipping the script on high school stereotypes. That’s the setup for Central Intelligence, which pairs a chubby geek-turned-chiseled CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson, 43) with a BMOC-turned-accountant (Kevin Hart, 36) at their high school reunion. Their mission? To save the world, of course.
Here, they talk about looking good and relive a few cringe-worthy high school memories.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Kevin and Dwayne, which real-life skill do you think the other has that would come in handy for saving the world?
KEVIN HART: You know what I have? The ability to not care about anybody but myself. I’m really good at saving myself. DJ, on the other hand? DJ is the one you want on your side.
DWAYNE JOHNSON: ‘Cause I care about people.
HART: There’s a scene in San Andreas where the girl got to see who her stepdad really was when he took off and never came back. That would be me. DJ saves everyone. I’m never gonna do that, ever.
In the movie, there are a few flashback scenes to high school. What’s your worst high school memory?
HART: Mine was definitely my moms whupping me in front of my ninth-grade class. I wanted to try out for the basketball team, but the tryouts were at 6 a.m. and I lived almost an hour away from the school, so I had to leave the house at, like, 4 a.m. to make it. My moms didn’t want me on public transportation that early, so I set all the clocks in the house [forward], including her watch. So at 4 a.m. it looked like 6 a.m., when I’d already be leaving the house. My moms got to work like two hours early, and when no one was there, she started to check the clocks. Then she took the day off, came up to the school, and beat the mess out of me.
JOHNSON: My mom didn’t whup me, but I definitely was a delinquent in the ninth grade, getting arrested. The cops wanted me for something, and they came into my classroom. That was embarrassing.
HART: Really? ‘Cause that sounds cool.