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Hart soon emerged as Hollywood's go-to provider of comic relief, appearing in four more movies and dropping the trailer for a fifth. You'd be forgiven for mistaking him for an overnight sensation, but Hart has actually been honing his boisterous screen persona for more than a decade.
Here's a look at five films you may have forgotten Hart was in (or never realized starred him in the first place).
"Laugh at My Pain" (2011): Hart financed this film version of his stand-up show for $750,000, and it surprised Lionsgate executives and box-office pundits when it grossed $7.7 million while playing in fewer than 300 theaters. As the title indicates, Hart is quick to make fun of himself. His routine mines his personal life — including his divorce, his mother's death and his ex-addict father — for jokes.
"The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005): Another cameo for pal
"Soul Plane" (2004): Hart has made a name for himself as a comic sidekick or ensemble player in films like "Ride Along" and
"Paper Soldiers" (2002): A deep cut, but a must for any Hart aficionado. Produced by Roc-A-Fella Records' film division, this straight-to-video rapsloitation flick touted Jay-Z and