Kevin Hart Will Play Gary Coleman Role In ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Special

Reacting to the news, one fan asked on Twitter, “Why would you hire @KevinHart4real to play a child when you could have maybe given a chance to an actual child to do something historical?” 

Kevin Hart Will Play Gary Coleman Role In ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Special - SurgeZirc FR
Kevin Hart Will Play Gary Coleman Role In ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Special

Kevin Hart has been cast as Arnold Jackson in an ABC special that will recreate episodes of the classic sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes.” The 90-minute program, titled “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” will air on the network on December 7.

Mr Drummond will be played by John Lithgow, Willis Jackson by Damon Wayans, and Mrs Garrett by Ann Dowd. However, it is Hart’s casting as Arnold that has sparked the most discussion on Twitter.

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Several commentators questioned whether Hart, 42, would be able to effectively play Arnold, who was originally played by Gary Coleman when he was a tween.

Kevin Hart Will Play Gary Coleman Role In ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Special - SurgeZirc FR
Kevin Hart’s casting caught the attention of Twitter users.

Reacting to the news, one fan asked on Twitter, “Why would you hire @KevinHart4real to play a child when you could have maybe given a chance to an actual child to do something historical?”

Another person commented, claiming that Hart, who is 5-foot-4 and frequently mocks his own height, was the same size as Coleman on the show.

Kevin Hart Will Play Gary Coleman Role In ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Special - SurgeZirc FR
Gary Coleman is seen playing Arnold Jackson in an episode of “Diffr’ent Strokes.”

“Good choice on @KevinHart4real. Can use Gary’s wardrobe,” the Twitter user quipped.

Kevin Hart has not yet informed his 36.8 million Twitter followers of the news.

Meanwhile, the 90-minute “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” will include a recreation of a re-enactment episode from “The Facts of Life,” an ABC spin-off that aired for nine seasons.

Kevin Hart Will Play Gary Coleman Role In ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Special -SurgeZirc FR
“Diff’rent Strokes” is one of ABC’s most beloved sitcoms. The original cast is seen above.

The casting for that recreation has yet to be revealed.

“Diff’rent Strokes” ran from 1978 to 1986, while “The Facts of Life” ran from 1979 to 1988.

Hart Will Play Gary Coleman Role In ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Special - SurgeZirc FR
“The Facts of Life” ran for on ABC for most of the 1980s. The iconic sitcom will also be recreated for the upcoming one-off special.

Norman Lear, a sitcom legend, will executive produce the new ABC special. Executive producers include Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Theroux, and Kerry Washington.

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Previous “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” episodes have included “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” and “The Jeffersons.”

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