The comedian stars in The Secret Life of Pets in theaters July 8

By Jessica Fecteau
Updated June 24, 2016 07:15 PM
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Winning Oscars and promoting big blockbuster movies shouldn’t have anything to do with the color of your skin, according to Kevin Hart.

At a press conference for the movie The Secret Life of Pets on Thursday, Hart told reporters “people will look for any excuse to play the race card in Hollywood.”

“I think in this day and age – look – it is what it is,” Hart says. “You want it to be more diversified, you want to see more diversity, but a lot of people make attention and draw attention by talking about it whereas if you just work and progress, you eventually put yourself in a position to help the problem by bringing more people into the business.”

The award-winning comedian also addressed the issue at this year’s Oscars and during the ceremony congratulated actors of color who weren’t nominated for all their “hard work and effort.”

He echoed his Oscar speech on Thursday, stating negative attention will only bring a negative response to the problem.

“I bust my ass and do what I’m supposed to and I’ve been promoting movies internationally now for the past four years,” Hart says. “They say movies don’t transfer with black actors internationally. I don’t feed into that. I do what I do. If other people did the same thing, you will look up and see more multicultural films being perceived by so many more people.”

The Secret Life of Pets is in theaters July 8.