Nothing puts things into perspective for someone like surviving an accident or situation that was nearly fatal. For Kevin Hart, the 40-year-old comedian was in a car crash on September 1, a passenger in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that went off of the Mullholland Highway, landing in an embankment. Hart required surgery for three spinal fractures and reportedly had to be heavily medicated for some time to deal with the pain.
Now back on his feet, though not 100 percent back to himself, Hart has a new lease on life. He says he’s been humbled by his experience, particularly the recovery process, which left him fully dependent on others for a time.
“It is the most humbling thing in the world,” he said on his SiriusXM show Straight From The Hart, according to The Daily Mail. “You really are helpless. There was nothing I could do.”
The Night School star talked about how attempting to move when his spine was trying to heal was like a “godd–n event,” sharing a time where he needed to have a bowel movement while hospitalized and panicked.
“In my mind, I’m gonna f–king s–t out my mouth – it’s trying to come out!” he said. “My stomach felt like somebody lit dynamite and threw it in my f–king stomach and ran.”
After releasing that bowel movement on himself, Hart remarked that his nurse came in to clean him up without a second thought. The nurse, a man named Jose, aided him in feeling less embarrassed about the situation. Wife Eniko, by the way, didn’t have to get her hands dirty.
“Here’s the most humbling thing in the world: Eniko is sitting on the godd—n couch; Jose was my nurse, he’s like, 60 years old, Mexican dude,” he said. “Jose comes in and don’t ask me no questions.”
“Jose grabs the gauze, puts this spongy soapy s–t on the gauze, turns me round and starts wiping my a–,” he continued. “He said, ‘It’s OK man, I’ve been doing this for 40 years … keep it coming man.'”
“It was humbling how it happened,” he added. “You really are helpless. There was nothing I could do – there was nothing I could do to stop that.”
That lack of say over things has been the biggest takeaway from this accident for the star, and he’s grateful for his life and the people in it.
“Basically what you realize is that you’re not in control,” he said in a video he shared about his accident in October. “No matter how much you think you’re in control, you’re not in control. At the end of the day, it can all be over, man.”