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Posted at 7:49 PM ET, 07/26/2008

Harold & Kumar Go to Comic-Con

By Liz Kelly

Kal Penn and John Cho make nice in the middle of the maelstrom that is Comic-Con. Note Cho's 'goth Harold' t-shirt. (Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com)

Kal Penn and John Cho have taken Comic-Con in stride. In the midst of the convention center's massive exhibition hall, the actors held court with a handful of folks -- including me -- on the second level of the New Line Cinema booth. As fans yelled up their well wishes (and got thumbs-up in return), Penn and Cho seemed excited and a little bit overwhelmed by the scene unfolding around them.

"I tend to be a little freaked out in crowds, but I just went to use the bathroom and I don't think I've been around nicer fans," said Penn. "It's a pretty festive feeling."

They were more than ready to talk about "Harold and Kumar" franchise, their duo of movies about two pot-smoking friends and their misadventures. Misadventures so irresistible that New Line announced a third "Harold and Kumar" movie earlier this week. (Though technically the two are Comic-Conning to talk about the DVD release of the last movie, "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.")

Penn, though, says no one has asked them to be in the third installment yet. A minor detail that I'm sure New Line has under control.

"We read about it two days ago," said Penn. "No one's asked us to be in it yet. If they re-cast us -- I know they're looking at Dr. Sanjay Gupta and George Takei."

Cho also talked about another Comic-Con worthy role that is already endearing him to this crowd -- his upcoming turn as Mr. Sulu in the next "Star Trek" movie and said that he'd had lunch with the role's originator, George Takei, to talk about how to deal with the fan attention from joining such a worshiped franchise.

By Liz Kelly  | July 26, 2008; 7:49 PM ET
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