Kevin Hart, the renowned actor, is not one to shy away from a challenge.
In a recent Instagram video, the 43-year-old comedian playfully taunted Michael Phelps, the legendary Olympic swimmer with 23 gold medals, asserting his own swimming prowess and jokingly expressing his intention to claim Phelps’ accolades.
Hart’s video, filmed in a pool, was accompanied by a caption that directly addressed Phelps: “This message is for you @m_phelps00…I’m on yo ass and I’m coming for all of those gold medals. Give me a 2 lap head start and I will kick yo ass man!!!!! #HustleHart.”
With a mischievous grin, Hart began the video by saying, “Michael Phelps, this is a message to you.” He continued with confidence, “You thought I had fins on the last time I was doing butterfly and I did, but you don’t think I’m capable of real butterfly. I wanna show you at the age of 44 I still f—ingg got it Phelps!”
However, Hart did lay out certain conditions for the race. “And if you give me a lap and a half head start, I’ll whoop your ass. Here’s proof. Proof! Butterfly! Hard body. Let’s go!” With those words, Hart demonstrated his swimming skills, elegantly navigating the length of a narrow backyard pool.
“A lap and a half motherf—er,” exclaimed Hart as he emerged from water only to pause and revise his offer. “No, two full laps in a three-lap race.”
The challenge drew the attention of Hart’s celebrity friends who couldn’t resist chiming in. Rapper Nelly expressed his support, writing, “Gettem champ….. @kevinhart4real @m_phelps00 we want a relay race Phelps and his crew against the RHOH…..!!”
Actor Michael B. Jordan also shared his impression stating, “Impressed..really..thought that was gonna go differently.” Meanwhile, Jack Black, Hart’s co-star from ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’, simply commented, “Laugh and a half.”
Although it remains to be seen if the race will ever take place, Kevin Hart’s playful challenge to Michael Phelps has certainly garnered attention and amusement from fans and fellow celebrities alike.