Kevin Hart Says First Goal After Serious Car Accident Was ‘Wiping My Ass’ (Video)

‘Jumanji’ actor says he’s 65-75% recovered after September car crash

Kevin Hart says he’s 65-75% recovered from the September car accident that forced him to undergo emergency back surgery and months of recovery.

“I am about 65 to 75 percent back to my physical self,” the “Jumanji: The Next Level” actor told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Wednesday. “Workouts are not full, I’m not lifting crazy weights, but I’m back to weighted workouts, agility, mobility, core workouts. I’m a little determined jackass.”

“I couldn’t wipe my ass!” he continued. “You don’t realize that your back is connected to everything. So coming out of back surgery, everything changed. Because you’re kind of helpless. That’s when you get to see what really matters, who really matters. Life kind of hits you in a completely different way.”

With the help of his doctors and family, Hart has slowly recovered. he revealed that he has “a completely different look on life” following the accident.

“I like saying, ‘Okay, it’s time to rebuild,’” Hart said. “But we’re not rebuilding to get back to the old you, we’re rebuilding to be better and become a new you. It’s a thing with me and my mindset that I embrace and I think from the days in the hospital when I realized I couldn’t do for myself.”

“The first goal was wiping my ass. True story. The first thing was me saying [to wife Eniko Parrish], ‘Yo, I don’t like the fact that you, honey, that you gotta come in and you gotta get me together. My first goal is to get you out of this position.’ And I learned how to stretch and I started to get a little looser and looser. I started showering by myself, I started dressing by myself.”

The actor limited his appearances before the press tour for “Jumanji.”

“My fear was getting hugged and somebody really squeezing me to the point where I refracture or reinjure and now I’m back at the steps I’ve just overcome. So I would rather just ground it and be home.”

Check out Hart’s interview with Ellen above.

“Jumanji: The Next Level” opens on Dec. 13.