We’re about to get new yuks from Kal Penn and John Cho in the stoner-meets-Santa movie “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas,” the third installment in the H&K franchise opening Friday. Penn, 34, and Cho, 39, are both adopted Washington VIPs of sorts: Penn went back to acting in July after working stints in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Cho went to the Oct. 13 state dinner for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. During a recent visit to Washington, they chatted about the 3-D medium, Mitt Romney and how to talk to President Obama.
Cho: It’s technological advancement. I think that if you’re a fan of 3-D, you don’t have to be against 2-D. I think there are many films that are more appropriate in 2-D and many films that are more appropriate in 3-D. “Avatar” was enhanced by the 3-D, I thought.
Cho: It’s true. [Whispering] I know Zoe Saldana. She was in “Avatar.” She’s a friend of mine. [Stops whispering] It’s not a big deal, though.
Cho: [Whispering again] Really, I know her.
Penn: Yeah, I am volunteering for the president’s campaign, so I would like to be as helpful as possible there.
Cho: What campaign?
Penn: So President Obama, he’s the president of the United States?
Penn: Yeah, you can’t do that bit. You sat and had dinner with him!
Penn: He would have enjoyed that. Wait, what was the question again?
Penn: I don’t know. Obviously, I hope he has a second term. I would love to serve in some capacity. I don’t know if that means something like what I had an opportunity to do before, or if it’s a board or commission or just volunteering.
Cho: To bother him during the last [election], I would chant “Rom-ney!” on occasion. Then he gave me a Romney T-shirt. Where did you get that?
Penn: Where did I get the Romney T-shirt?
Cho: You didn’t walk into their offices.
Penn: I wouldn’t have paid for it, no. Because then it would have been a contribution, which I didn’t want to do.
Penn: Not really. We talked before the dinner because I knew he had never been to one, and I never would have known what to expect. So I kind of wanted to explain that it’s a really small, intimate . . . that it’s a big deal, first of all. And then just structurally —
Cho: — what happens. Before I met the president this summer, [Kal] gave me a piece of advice that I thought was a very useful one. It was, when you meet the president, maybe you shouldn’t talk about policy. You have a few minutes. And maybe he doesn’t want to talk policy with you, uh, Harold. So I let [the president] talk about whatever he wanted. [To Penn] So, thank you.
Penn: Sure. You’re welcome.