Put the kiddies to bed and sit down to a movie that skewers one of our most cherished holidays in every way possible.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is set six years after the title pairâ€™s escape from Guantanamo Bay. The buds have gone their separate ways â€”Â Harold (John Cho) has moved on to marriage and success in a Wall Street firm while Kumar (Kal Penn) is nearly friendless and just getting by in their old apartment.
To assist in mirroring the distance between the pair, Cho and Penn did not even work together during the first two weeks of filming. â€śBy the time John and I finally did our first scene, it was like a real reunion,â€ť Penn says. â€śWhen they first see each other at Haroldâ€™s, the undercurrent is they want to reconnect, so actually being apart a while added to it.â€ť
Adding his own touch to the reunion is Neil Patrick Harris, mostly called NPH in the film. â€śNPH brings a sense of magic to our movies,â€ť Cho says. â€śHeâ€™s the second act wizard, thereby making any situation plausible in the Harold & Kumar universe. Thatâ€™s an amazing thing that a character and the actor playing him can bring.â€ť
â€śWhenever Neil comes to town itâ€™s definitely one of the highlights of the shoot,â€ť Penn adds. â€śNeil is always down for whatever they throw at him. And he can improvise some foul, hysterical bits. Heâ€™s hilarious.â€ť
As fans of Harrisâ€™ performance at the 2010 Oscars know, heâ€™s also multitalented, donning a red tux in the film for a Busby Berkeley-style holiday musical, filmed at the Detroit Opera House. “I’m playing an extreme version of myself, which is a tricky dynamic,” Harris says. â€śYou see my character as a raconteur â€” very all-American, happy-go-lucky â€” then in the next scene he’s walking on the dark side. Thatâ€™s fun to play.â€ť
â€śA Very Harold & Kumar Christmasâ€ť is available starting Feb. 7 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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