John Cho turns up the raunch for new "Harold & Kumar"

Fri Nov 4, 2011 3:07pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - John Cho reunites with Kal Penn for the third time to reprise their lovable stoner roles in "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas in 3D," which Cho says has "perverted the Christmas movie" -- albeit in a sweet way.

The film, which opens in theaters on Friday, finds Cho's Harold settling in to married life. On Christmas eve, a botched visit from Kumar results in another wild adventure involving mobsters, robots, Santa and Neil Patrick Harris.

Cho, 39, sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, fatherhood and, along with Harold, reprising his role as Hikaru Sulu in J.J. Abrams' next installment of "Star Trek."

Q: "Harold and Kumar" films have always been politically incorrect and vulgar, but this feels like the raunchiest yet.

A: "I do feel like we really pushed it this time. The Harold and Kumar universe gets away with a lot because they're well-intentioned, and I think people somehow know that. The movies are raunchy but those guys are pretty sweet. They kind of stumble into situations and react the way I think normal red-blooded American males would. So they somehow get a pass."

Q: Although it's billed as Christmas movie, it's not the kind one might expect.

A: "We've perverted the Christmas movie, but we have also made an honest-to-goodness Christmas movie. We obey a lot of the rules of the Christmas movie universe -- Santa's the real deal, reindeer fly, gifts are given and miracles happen. Yes, we've degraded and debased the Christmas tradition, but in a way, we honor it."

Q: And it's the first "Harold & Kumar" film in 3D?   Continued...

<p>Actors John Cho (L) and Kal Penn pose at the premiere of their new film "A Very Harold &amp; Kumar 3D Christmas" in Hollywood November 2, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>