Hungry for a little R-rated entertainment this holiday season? Not to worry. Lovable big screen stoners Harold and Kumar are back in theaters this weekend with their 3D Christmas movie. And their creators, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, spoke with us about what to expect for this latest outing.
“We really love these characters,” Schlossberg said at the H&K press junket. “We always wanted to continue their journey. We ended the first movie with a ‘To Be Continued’ in the hopes we could keep writing more.”
And interestingly, each Harold & Kumar film has become more and more successful. The first movie, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, became a major cult hit on DVD and H&K 2 (titled Escape From Guantanamo Bay) grossed over $40 million at the box office. Hurwitz confessed that after that kind of success, the studio was eager for a third installment.
“When Harold & Kumar 2 came out, the first Friday it did very well,”Jon explained. “We actually got a call that Saturday from the studio asking if we’d be willing to do a third one.”
And now, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas has arrived. And this time, the guys have surrounded themselves with a very colorful cast. Tr3s fave Danny Trejo has a memorable appearance as Harold’s father-in-law and Bad Teacher’s Tom Lennon adds laughs as the new buddy of the group. But the real clincher is the addition of 3D.
“We actually did not write our first draft knowing it was going to be in 3D,” Hayden said. “The studio suggested that idea. Then we took a look at the script again and realized there’s a lot of things that could be enhanced by 3D technology.”
But rather than flying Na’vis and cute dolphins, H&K’s 3D elements include puffs of smoke, flying eggs, and munchie treats. Having seen the movie, we can definitely say that you’ve NEVER seen the third dimension used quite like this before.
But, Schlossberg and Hurwitz were quick to point out that this latest film also includes a new layer of maturity for the characters.
“We’ve aged the characters as we’ve aged,” Jon said. “We’re older now and we’re deriving our comedy from different life circumstances.”
You can see just how “evolved” Harold and Kumar have become when 3D Christmas hits theaters this Friday.
By Michael Lopez