Is True Story based on a true story? Netflix drama explained

The title of the Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes show has left many viewers scratching their heads.

Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes in True Story on Netflix

Now, this definitely makes for some fascinating viewing.


Actors Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes have teamed up for Netflix’s latest limited series True Story.

The new series follows an internationally-famous stand-up comedian as he fights to pull himself back from a potentially career-ending crisis.

The Kid (Hart) is on a tour of the United States which stops off in his hometown of Philadelphia.

While back in his old neck of the woods, he meets up with his older brother Carlton (Snipes) and the pair go on a heavy night out.

Later that night, Kid is horrified to learn that the woman he went home with has overdosed in the bed next to him, prompting him to make the decision to try to cover up what would be a highly explosive scandal.

Despite the title itself suggesting that the series is based on real events, True Story is actually largely a work of fiction, but there are some elements of the story that are accurate to Kevin Hart’s real life.

So, here is all you need to know about the real true story elements to True Story.

Is True Story based on a true story?

Wesley Snipes and Kevin Hart in True Story on Netflix
Wesley Snipes and Kevin Hart in True Story on Netflix

Of course, both he and his character are internationally successful stand-up comedians hailing from Philadelphia, with showrunner Eric Newman (Narcos) telling New York Times that Hart wanted to play someone similar to himself.

Needless to say, Hart has never replicated any of the dark deeds that The Kid gets up to in this seven-episode series, but he has said that a person in his position is constantly faced with the temptation to misbehave.

“It’s so easy to do dumb s**t,” he told New York Times. “It’s available whenever you want it. Doing the right thing, living life correctly, there’s a conscious effort behind it. And it’s work.

“Not to say it’s work in a bad way, but you’re working constantly to make sure that you’re doing things correctly, appropriately. You need a good team around you that’s OK with saying no.”

Meanwhile, the busy schedule that The Kid juggles in True Story is also inspired by the life experience of Hart, who claims that a natural ability to multi-task allows him to get a “mind-blowing” number of things done.

In real-life, Hart also has an older brother (named Robert, not Carlton), who was emancipated by their mother in his youth as detailed in the comedian’s Netflix documentary Don’t F**k This Up.

That said, the strained relationship between Carlton and The Kid is not based on the real-life relationship between Kevin and Robert, who continue to share a close bond to this day.

True Story is available to stream exclusively on Netflix.


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