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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and invade the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
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Something with Asian American and Indian American leads was something that hadn't been done in the way that we were doing it. We felt that we had enough perspective as huge fans of comedy to pull it off.

HAYDEN SCHLOSSBERG We didn't set out to make this big statement, although I have to say when we looked at the first one when it was done, we said, "Wow, this is so much better than we thought." It went way beyond the fart jokes, weed humor, and nudity that we love to put up on-screen. But it's really just a classic comedy trope. Two guys, a baggie, a voyage. . . . It was the right time to have someone finally throw ethnicity into the mix. The script took off from there. The only question now is, where else can we take this? Harold and Kumar Fly the Space Shuttle?

JC And the focus is always on being funny first. The characters' races are almost secondary. I find that so refreshing because a lot of Asian American cinema is just about being Asian American, how hard it is. Not to denigrate anyone's work, but those movies get really repetitive, and fewer people want to see them.

SFBG Speaking of space — John, you're about to be mobbed at WonderCon because you've accepted the role of Mr. Sulu in the upcoming Star Trek film. Following in actor George Takei's footsteps must feel huge.

JC I'm delighted. As a kid it meant so much to me to see an Asian American on television and say, "Whoa! He's not wearing a cone-shaped hat or teaching kung fu!" It was very important, a legacy that I desperately wanted to be a part of, and something I feel my work on the Harold and Kumar movies pays tribute to. Now Asian Americans can be stoners too.

HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY

Sat/15, 9:15 p.m.

Castro Theatre

429 Castro, SF

(415) 621-6120

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