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Not many Hollywood actors can say they've portrayed a stoner in a series of movies AND worked in the white house.
Actor Kal Penn is better known as "Kumar Patel"--in the Harold and Kumar movies.
WDRB in the Morning's Lindsay Allen talks to him about his work in the Obama administration, his new 3-d Christmas movie, and his role as a poster-boy for White Castle.
"A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS" OPENS IN THEATRES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH R for "strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence." http://www.haroldandkumar.com
John Cho ("Star Trek,") and Kal Penn ("Superman Returns,") reprise their title roles in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," which picks up six years following their last adventure. After years of growing apart, Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar's door on Christmas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold's house ends with the "high grade" contents-and Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree- going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree takes them through party heaven-and almost blows Christmas Eve sky high.
The third installment is the first to highlight the guys' hilarious mishaps in 3D. The 2004 cult hit "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" launched the franchise, followed by "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay."
It would not be a "Harold & Kumar" film without Neil Patrick Harris, who returns along with Paula Garcés (TV's "Defying Gravity") as Maria; Danneel Harris ("The Roommate") as Vanessa; Eddie Kaye Thomas (the "American Pie" movies) as Rosenberg; David Krumholtz ("Mr. Popper's Penguins") as Goldstein; and Bobby Lee ("Pineapple Express") as Kenneth Park.
Joining the ensemble are Tom Lennon ("I Love You Man") as Harold's new best friend, Todd; Danny Trejo ("Machete") as Harold's father-in-law; and Elias Koteas ("Shutter Island") as Ukranian mob boss Sergei Katsov. Rounding out the cast are Amir Blumenfeld (TV's "Pranked") as Kumar's new best friend Adrian; Patton Oswalt ("The Informant!"), Richard Riehle ("Halloween II"), Jordan Hinson (TV's "Eureka"), John Hoogenakker ("Contagion"), Jake Johnson ("No Strings Attached"), Yasen Payankov ("Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon") and David Burtka (TV's "How I Met Your Mother").