Writer-director pals Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz have expectations to live up to. Fans of “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and its sequel, “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” are expecting even bigger laughs from the third installment in the comic duo’s franchise, “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” which opens November 4.
Any trepidation Schlossberg and Hurwitz have is understandable. In their last film, stoners Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) were imprisoned in and subsequently escaped from Guantanamo Bay. Is that top-able?
The audience will have to decide. In “3D Christmas” the screenwriters bring actor Neil Patrick Harris, who plays himself in the film, back to life and place him firmly back in the closet — he announces it was all a ruse, and he is indeed straight. They have Harold accidentally affix an appendage to a cold steel pole (hint, it’s not his tongue), and they introduce a pot-selling Santa Claus, whom the kids from Temple Beth Shalom keep in business.
The Arty Semite spoke to Hurwitz and Schlossberg about the tallis business, the similarities between Jews and Asians, and making the leap from high school nerds to Hollywood big shots.
Curt Schleier: Where did the two of you meet?