Kevin Hart on his accident: It took two and a half weeks for me to start walking again without the walker

Published: May 26, 2020, 16:18 IST | IANS | Los Angeles

Kevin Hart recalled the accident and the extent of it in Joe Rogan's podcast

Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart says he lied about the extent of his pain following the horrific car accident last year. Hart recalled the accident and the extent of it in Joe Rogan's podcast, reports ew.com.

He was in the passenger seat when he was involved in a car crash in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda in Los Angeles on September 1 last year. He fractured his spine in three places and had to undergo major surgery.

The comedian said he had "the biggest cry" in his life after coming home from the hospital. "My biggest cry in life came from the first day that I came home from the hospital, because I never had to see that house again. Like there was an option of me never seeing that home again. There was an option of me never walking on that driveway again. There was an option of me never seeing my wife and my kids again," he said.

Hart felt lucky to be alive after the accident. "I lied in the hospital because I didn't want them to know that I was having pain, because I thought that they were gonna stop me from letting me continue to try my walks," he said.

He said by the time he was in the hospital for seven days, he was using a walker and pretending he was using his feet. "It took two and a half weeks for him to start walking again without the walker," Hart said, adding that he shouldn't have done that so early.

"I'm giving the perception that it's better than what it is, and I had the back brace on."

His family's love and support helped him in the recovery. "My son doubled as nurse, my daughter doubled as nurse, (my wife) Eniko doubled as it. My brother came. That's when the care about what was important really changed ... the things that you think are important, you get to looking around at a hospital, almost four walls — none of that s**t that you think is important is in there. It's one of these people," he said.

Earlier in an interview with IANS, Hart shared that he found a new meaning to life after the horrific car accident. The actor-comedian said that he realised that nothing in life is guaranteed, and that makes him stay "more present" for his family and friends.

"Life and your perspective change as you grow old," Hart told IANS when asked how did perspective of life changed for him after the near-fatal car crash.

"As you grow old, you understand and you appreciate...You have a different understanding of what you had before. It makes you (stay) more present with the ones you love, the ones who mean the most from friends to family…You understand that nothing in life is guaranteed. It doesn't have to be like that... So take every second in," added the "Jumanji: The Next Level" star.

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