Very first they embarked on an all-night trek to satisfy a marijuana-induced craving for hamburgers. Then they wound up fugitives on the run immediately after a misguided attempt to genuinely enjoy a flight to Amsterdam.
Now the goofy twosome is back and bringing all the â??highsâ? of the season in A Quite Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
Selecting Up Six Years Later
Itâ??s been six years since Guantanamo Bay (truly, itâ??s only been three years in between films, but in the world of Harold and Kumar, six have elapsed) and the two are now sadly estranged. Harold has moved on and up from the days of his friendship with Kumar, married to Maria and searching to settle down for great. Kumar, meanwhileâ?¦well, he hasnâ??t modified considerably. Both have new best buddies to suit their life style and it looks to be Harold and Todd (played by Tom Lennon) and Adrian (Amir Blumenfeld) and Kumar.
That is until Christmas Eve when a mysterious package left anonymously on Kumarâ??s doorstep brings the two back collectively and after once again on a disaster-riddled quest â?? this time for the excellent Christmas tree. Comprehensive with mobster shootouts, claymation genitalia and yes, NPH (Neil Patrick Harris), Harold and Kumar bring with them all the guilty groans and chuckles that are characteristic of the cult classics.
John & Kal
John Cho (Harold) and Kal Penn (Kumar) were not too long ago in Toronto for a roundtable interview to talk about the film and their experiences playing the endearing characters.
â??I have such a wonderful time playing Kumar,â? says Penn, who says that in real life he is significantly more like Harold. â??Heâ??s so different than me, so itâ??s a genuine treat to be able to play someone like that.â?
â??Itâ??s a relief to come back to comedy,â? adds Cho. â??Making it your dayâ??s operate to find a laugh is a truly very good way to invest a day I appreciate it more going away and then coming back to it. Itâ??s like a class reunionâ?¦youâ??re with filing bankruptcy all your friends again.â?
This film sees the addition of some new pals in the form of Lennon and Blumenfeld, which took a bit of adjustment for the actors.
â??It was genuinely unusual, sitting in the passenger seat of a car that wasnâ??t Haroldâ??s Camry,â? says Penn. â??The crazy thingâ?¦is that Amir plays the epitome of what Kumar would be if he continued down the path that he was on. But Amirâ??s character doesnâ??t have the heart that Kumarâ??s has.â?
â??Itâ??s sort of Ghosts of Christmas Future for their characters,â? says Cho. â??Tom Lennon plays the guy that Harold is going to be if he doesnâ??t stop being a ****head. And exact same for Amirâ??s character. But they were terrific to operate with Tom Lennon is fantastic and Amir is super funny. Itâ??s new blood.â?
What about the selection to set the film six years immediately after Guantanamo Bay?
â??The first two films take spot within a minute of each other in the lives of the characters,â? explains Penn. â??And in this one itâ??s six year later. All of us have completed distinct things because the very first film. I adore that the audience also has aged with the characters the ones that enjoyed it in â??04. So hopefully thereâ??s one thing in it for them.â?
â??I didnâ??t know whether or not I would have wanted to do a movie set a minute after the second 1,â? says Cho. â??I didnâ??t feel that was feasible anymore we had to age the characters, I felt. Moreover, really public issues happened among the second and third onesâ?¦Neil came out, Kal went to work at the White Houseâ?¦it felt like we couldnâ??t do that age any longer. Our hand was forced a little bit by real life, and Iâ??m glad of it.â?
Testing Comedic Boundaries
Itâ??s no secret the Harold and Kumar films push the envelope in terms of comedic material and typically run the danger of causing offense. This third film is no exception, and in some ways tests filing bankruptcy these boundaries even moreâ?¦so exactly where do they go from here?
â??I believe theyâ??re just going to begin showing organs,â? muses Penn. â??First it was displaying an arm or a leg back in the day and that was scandalous. Now the genitalsâ?¦so weâ??ll just go inside.â?
â??I donâ??t know what the next frontier is, but very good comedy must put its toes in taboo waters,â? says Cho. â??And you have to transgress a tiny bit that location shifts with culture and with the year.â?
So at the end of the day, has playing the perpetual stoners helped or damaged their respective careers?
â??What created me want to pursue being an actor was the magic that comes from being able to make somebody laugh or cry or suspend an emotion or feel anything they hadnâ??t intended to really feel just before,â? says Penn. â??Itâ??s flattering to know that individuals enjoyed the Harold and Kumar motion pictures. My experience has been that itâ??s opened doors in some truly unexpected techniques obtaining a possibility to have a tiny arc on 24 or audition for Superman Returns. It appears like the truly smart producers, directors and writers are much more willing to take a risk to see if you can play something distinct rather than it being a actual hindrance. With The Namesake, I lobbied truly challenging to get in the space with (director) Mira Nair and the reason she didnâ??t want me to audition at very first was because of Harold and Kumar. But her 16-year old son kept lobbying, unbeknownst to me, just before bed every night saying ‘Mom, youâ??ve got to audition Kal Penn.’ I wrote her a letter at the identical time her son was really beating her more than the head with it so she let me come in and audition.â?
As for Cho, â??Iâ??m positive it has probably closed a few doors, but the large story is that itâ??s opened many much more.â?
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas opens in theatres Friday, November four, 2011