Penn wraps up Kumar and heads back to White House

Smoke some weed, eat some White Castle, and then get back to work. Looks like Kal Penn is quietly heading back to the White House:

Kal Penn, former actor of television series “House,” is returning to the White House after fulfilling contract obligations for the third and latest “Harold and Kumar” installment.

The White House recently issued a statement that said Penn, the only successful Indian American actor in Hollywood, has been appointed as the go-to person “for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.” [Link]

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He will pretty much be doing the same job as before:

Penn is returning to the Office of Public Engagement to work as an associate director, White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement to ABC News. He will “be the point person for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities,” Inouye said. [link]

I wonder if at some point in the future he will quietly return to his old role on House M.D.

11 thoughts on “Penn wraps up Kumar and heads back to White House

    • In true filmi fashion, he could re-appear as his previous character’s long lost twin brother…

  1. Well the “only successful” actor quote seems designed to provoke comparison. Dileep Rao seems to be doing all right (Avatar, Inception), though he’s not been a lead or co-lead yet. Anyone else?

  2. “The White House recently issued a statement that said Penn, the only successful Indian American actor in Hollywood…”

    Seriously, the White House said this? Didn’t they catch the MTV Movie Awards this year?

  3. I don’t understand the quote about Kal Penn being the only successful South Asian American actor in Hollywood. I think the quote is false! Didn’t an actress from the TV show the Good Wife just win an Emmy award? I do believe though that Kal Penn is probably the most famous South Asian American actor in Hollywood he’s the one most people recognize because of the Harold and Kumar movies. Also, I know Freida Pinto is not American but isn’t she just as famous or even more famous than Kal Penn right now? Everyone I look, I see Freida on the cover of major magazines she’s in the Woody Allen movie, she has a film called Miral coming out, the Immotrals, Planet of the Apes. I can go on and on but Freida is really reached the mainstream in Hollywood. Everyone loves Freida in Hollywood it seems I think she will reach the A list very quickly.

  4. Aziz Ansari said: What am I, chopped liver?

    Yes chopped liver.. until you have more than one line in a movie. Right now it looks like you are bloating up your IMDB profile with as little effort as possible. :-)