Kevin Hart experienced a "world of rejection" before making it in Hollywood.
The 36-year-old star has being doing stand-up comedy since he was 18 and has been appearing in movies for almost 16 years but he feels as though it has only been the last few years that have yielded any career success for him.
He said: "I've been doing stand-up since I was 18; I'm 36 now. I went through a world of rejection. My last four years have been the hot years. I'm more than capable of handling any level of success because I've handled the ultimate levels of failure. So now that I'm here, I'm motivated to stay here because I don't want to go back to where I was."
Hart can currently be seen in 'Ride Along 2' with Ice Cube and has starred in many successful films such as 'Get Hard' with Will Ferrell and 'The Wedding Ringer'.
But he knows his big screen roles have only come up about because of his stand-up shows and he has no intention of turning his back on live comedy.
Discussing his acting career, Hart told The Guardian Guide: "None of this stuff happens without stand-up comedy. If I turn my back on that, I feel like I'm doing a disservice to my fans. I love the fact that I have the ability to say 'no' to certain things because of how strong this stand-up is. Regardless of the success of all these films, I'm never going to stop doing it. Even if I don't do it on the scale I'm doing it now - arenas and stadiums - I'll go and do comedy clubs."