Actor in upcoming J.J. Abrams â€˜Star Trekâ€™ film reprises role in â€˜Harold & Kumarâ€™ sequel.Â By Robin Rowe for Hollywood Today
HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) 4/27/08 â€“ â€œHarold and Kumar get lost going to a hamburger place in the first one,â€ says John Cho who plays Harold. â€œWe get thrown into Guantanamo Bay in this one. Itâ€™s a little more intense. And thatâ€™s where you get the comedy.â€ Cho is currently in production in the J.J. Abrams â€˜Star Trekâ€™ movie where he plays Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (for release in May 2009). Read the rest of this Hollywood Today story Â»
â€œIn the first one, we had the munchies,â€ says Kal Penn who plays Kumar. â€œIn this film, weâ€™re accused of being terrorists. The stakes are much higher the second time around. Infinitely higher.â€
Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, as the creators of the world of Harold and Kumar, had a lock on returning as writers for â€˜Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bayâ€™. â€œWe figured thereâ€™s no one better to direct this movie and no better first directing project for us,â€ says Hurwitz.
â€œIn terms of landing the job, it was something we had to fight for like any other director,â€ says Hurwitz. We put together a huge presentation for studio executives of what the movie would look like. â€œWe hired a storyboard artist ourselves. We had a strong grasp of the characters. Weâ€™d directed literally zero footage before the first day of shooting.â€
â€œWhen they approached us about directing this one, everybody felt pretty good about giving them this opportunity,â€ says executive producer Carsten Lorenz. â€œThey did a great job.â€ 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 â€œNeil Patrick Harrisâ€.
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