PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Hart found an upside to putting his name to a charitable cause during the coronavirus pandemic: the comedian offered a walk-on role in a future film to a health care worker.
Henry Law, an anesthesiologist in New Jersey, got the call from Hart that he had been randomly selected as the winner in an All In Challenge contest. The challenge was launched by Michael Rubin, founder of the online retailer Fanatics.
The challenge raises money for organizations that are feeding the hungry during the pandemic, including Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America's Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. Most of the blockbuster prizes involve bank-busting bids to share experiences with A-list celebrities and athletes.
Law said he donated “a few hundred dollars” for a shot to win a speaking part, a trailer, assistant, car service, wardrobe and a stay in a five-star hotel for a future Hart movie.
Law got a FaceTime call from Hart with the shocker that he had actually won.
“This is big, man. This is bigger than big. This is huge,” Hart told Law. “You will be in my next movie. I repeat, you, Henry, you, Henry, will be in my next movie.”
There was a minimum $10 bid to compete for the Hart prize, and there were more than 10 million entries.
The All In Challenge has offered more than 400 prizes and raised nearly $43 million over the last four weeks.