Kumar Doesn't Actually Smoke Pot Or Eat Meat. Sorry White Castle.
With the sequel to the hilarious 2004 film Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle about to hit theaters, the two main actors are hitting the media junkets and chatting up marijuana, Neil Patrick Harris, and the vegetarian lifestyle.
That’s right — Kal Penn, who plays Kumar in the films, is a die-hard vegetarian that can’t stand fast food and never smokes weed. “I think fast food is disgusting,” Penn said in a recent interview with the Spartan Daily. “I was a vegetarian when we shot the first film, and I generally eat organic as much as possible. I know this is so disappointing to the audience, which is why I don’t talk about it a lot, but I don’t smoke weed, I don’t eat fast food.”
In fact, those White Castle burgers you see Kumar and Harold scarfing down in the first film? For Penn, they were all veggie burgers. “The producers and the studio went way out of their way to make sure they brought in veggie patties and had them cut up, and they were very delicious, so props to them for that,” he said. “It wasn’t really an acting challenge, when I remember eating burgers, they were definitely delicious.”
Penn is also a huge Obama supporter — even going out of his way to stump for the presidential candidate at Illinois University in March.
Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay opens April 25th.