“Harold & Kumar’ has ‘Star Trek’ Sulu

Harold & Kumar

Actor in upcoming J.J. Abrams ‘Star Trek’ film reprises role in ‘Harold & Kumar’ sequel.  By Robin Rowe for Hollywood Today

HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) 4/27/08 – “Harold and Kumar get lost going to a hamburger place in the first one,” says John Cho who plays Harold. “We get thrown into Guantanamo Bay in this one. It’s a little more intense. And that’s where you get the comedy.” Cho is currently in production in the J.J. Abrams ‘Star Trek’ movie where he plays Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (for release in May 2009). Read the rest of this Hollywood Today story »

“In the first one, we had the munchies,” says Kal Penn who plays Kumar. “In this film, we’re accused of being terrorists. The stakes are much higher the second time around. Infinitely higher.”

Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, as the creators of the world of Harold and Kumar, had a lock on returning as writers for ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’. “We figured there’s no one better to direct this movie and no better first directing project for us,” says Hurwitz.

“In terms of landing the job, it was something we had to fight for like any other director,” says Hurwitz. We put together a huge presentation for studio executives of what the movie would look like. “We hired a storyboard artist ourselves. We had a strong grasp of the characters. We’d directed literally zero footage before the first day of shooting.”

“When they approached us about directing this one, everybody felt pretty good about giving them this opportunity,” says executive producer Carsten Lorenz. “They did a great job.” Lorenz says their familiarity with the material gave Mandate Pictures and New Line Cinema confidence in them as first-time directors.

Neil Patrick Harris, reprises his role as “Neil Patrick Harris”.

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