Oh wow…. “Kumar” heads back to Hollywood – in 3D?
From the White House back to White Castle….
Nine months after leaving Hollywood for the White House, the actor Kal Penn is returning to Tinseltown to reprise his most famous role, as the marijuana-loving “Kumar” in the raucous “Harold and Kumar” feature film comedies, according to media reports.
As Kalpen Modi — Kal Penn is his stage name — the 32-year-old actor has been working in the Obama White House since July as an associate director of public engagement.
“Entertainment Weekly” reported on its website that Penn was leaving to make a new Harold and Kumar movie, this one with a Christmas theme, which might be shot in 3-D.
Penn was a high-profile campaigner for President Barack Obama, reaching out especially to younger voters — many of them fans of his film work in “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” He took a big pay cut to take the White House job. One of the few Indian-American actors to make it big in Hollywood, Penn has said he was inspired to get involved in politics partly by his grandparents, who marched with Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian independence movement.
The Washington Post reported that the White House was declining comment, saying Modi “has no announcements to make about his tenure here at this point.”
Penn had a leading role for two seasons on the medical-mystery television series “House” just before his move to Washington. The writers of “House” cleared Penn’s schedule by having his character abruptly commit suicide. It was not immediately clear what the White House will do about its opening.
Picture Credit: Kalpen Modi, the former actor Kal Penn (L) joins fellow White House staff members Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison Michael Strautmanis and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarratt on the South Lawn as they watch the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst