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Quint chats with Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris! Possible NPH spin-off movie?!? And a tidbit on STAR TREK!

Published at: March 15, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I still haven’t caught up on my damn Sundance interviews yet and I have a glut that came out of SXSW on the deck. The always great Muldoon had transcription duties again and made it possible for me not to break down and cry to myself in the corner of my bedroom. I did a few interviews for HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY and the first up are the trio of actors. Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Motherfucking Patrick Harris. I know that doesn’t work as well when someone already has a middle name as part of their known public identity, but it is well deserved, so why not? Kal Penn was a last minute addition, so I hadn’t prepared much for him, so if he feels neglected at all that’s all my fault. I really wish I had remembered to give him props for sticking up for my man Barack on CNN during the last round of primaries, but it escaped me. Anyway, the interview is a short one, but it’s light and funny. We talk about the flick, specifically about a mythical creature that pops up halfway through, we talk about a potential NPH spin-off movie brought up by directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg in the interview session about 10 minutes prior to this chat (keep an eye out for that, coming soon) and, of course, STAR TREK. As you’ll see below, NPH totally came through for me and got a little teeny tiny tidbit… an inkling of a hint, which, coming from a JJ Abrams project, is amazing. You can read a lot into what John Cho talks about at the end. Damn, this is a long introduction. If I go on any longer it’ll have a higher word count than the actual interview, so let’s get to it, shall we?

Quint: So, I interviewed you guys the last time you came through Austin. There was that a big White Castle burger importing screening of the first movie.

John Cho: We were just talking about that screening. Yeah, it was a good time.

Quint: It was a lot of fun, but you can’t really duplicate it for this new movie… unless you start importing detainees, you can’t really do the same with this one.

[Everyone Laughs]

Neil Patrick Harris: Yeah, the swag was very different… John Cho: It would be less festive, but… Neil Patrick Harris: [Laughing] You would get powdered meals instead of White Castle. John Cho: You would feed everybody a cock-meat sandwich. Neil Patrick Harris: Hey-o! John Cho: That’s like Ed McMahon! Neil Patrick Harris: Yeah, that was the joke. John Cho: What? Neil Patrick Harris: Your commenting on my humor is going to really irritate me.

Quint: That might go over the heads of a lot of people, though.

John Cho: That’s true, people don’t know… Kal Penn: Ed McMahon is the guy from STAR SEARCH! Neil Patrick Harris: Oh dude… How old are you? Kal Penn: Everybody knows that. Neil Patrick Harris: Oh god…

Quint: He also takes around giant checks.

John Cho: That’s true.

Quint: Although I remember that it used to be much bigger than it is now.

Neil Patrick Harris: It used to be huge.

Quint: You could not turn on the TV without seeing the giant balloons and the flowers and the giant checks.

John Cho: There’s a lot of ways to get a million bucks these days on television. Neil Patrick Harris: That’s true.

Quint: But with that one, you just fill out that form that everybody was mailed and it was like a free lotto.

Neil Patrick Harris: But you had to get a magazine subscription, didn’t you?

Quint: That was always in the small print. So I guess everybody is back. How involved were you guys in the process? I didn’t get a chance to really talk too much about that with Jon (Hurwitz) and Hayden (Schlossberg).

John Cho: Not too much in the writing.

Quint: So they would bring you a finished thing?

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John Cho: I think we got calls and we would get updates “This is sort of what’s happening…” but we didn’t read anything until it was finished. Kal Penn: We were all… We become close friends through the first film, so we all stayed in touch. We don’t live too far from each other and so on occasion I’d get a phone call from Jon Hurwitz or Hayden saying, “You’re going to love this scene that we wrote and we are going to try not to cut it” and then he would tell me the scene and you know, I love these guys and I loved the script, so it was very exciting to get those updates, but we certainly weren’t actively involved in developing the script.

Quint: I think that speaks pretty well to their talent, because it really feels like its tailor made for you guys specifically, so it feels like you had a lot of involvement.

John Cho: I tell you what, these guys are the biggest fans of what they’ve written and the biggest fans of these actors right here. It just comes from an extremely enthusiastic place and I think you can smell that enthusiasm in the product that they make. I think that’s why it feels really tailor made for us, because they are just so enthusiastic.

Quint: Yeah, their eyes are just as wide now as they were back when they first sat me down with them for the first one.

John Cho: I think that’s why they get away with, and the movie gets away with, and the characters get away with doing so many wrong things, because their attitude translates into what we do and it’s just an innocent wide eyed, almost adolescent way of looking at really criminal things. (laughs)

Quint: They go whole hog in this one. There are no boundaries in this one.

John Cho: Well, it is a sequel… More explosions and more of everything…

Quint: And more female genitalia.

Neil Patrick Harris: Lots more. Lots more. John Cho: A lot of female genitalia… more than in all of movie history.

[Everyone Laughs]

Neil Patrick Harris: Plus they were smart for actually hiring two actors that were actual actors playing parts, instead of hiring two sort of dudes that were those guys. They didn’t hire like Jason Mewes and the other dude… Silent Bob… What is that movie Jay and Silent Bob, like what’s Jay’s name?

Quint: Jason Mewes, you were right.

Neil Patrick Harris: He was this drugged out mess of a guy that was his friend and so he just cast him in the movie and filmed him doing crazy shit. John Cho: Fascinating to watch, that guy, though. Neil Patrick Harris: Yeah, fascinating to watch, but you guys are able to craft comedy and they could write probably more specific bits on a broader spectrum, which I think is impressive since it’s sort of the modern day Cheech and Chong kind of casting call.

Quint: Yeah, they very much… I mean you guys definitely moved from being just a straight up stoner comedy to… In this one, it's just a little at the beginning and at the end and then I guess that part with the Cyclops…

Kal Penn: That was scary and awesome.

Quint: I loved the Cyclops.

John Cho: Yeah, it’s a guy with one eye… in a bed with me. Kal Penn: I know we shouldn’t give this stuff away, but is the bed scene still there? Neil Patrick Harris: Yep. Kal Penn: And is the crying in the whorehouse still there? Neil Patrick Harris: Yep. Kal Penn: Yes! That was my favorite. John Cho: [To Neil] So what where you saying? Neil Patrick Harris: I was complimenting you two on your “chops,” because you say that it raised from just a stoner comedy to like a social commentary…

Quint: Yeah, it’s definitely more satire.

Neil Patrick Harris: And I genuinely think that without the subtle hand of these two kids that it probably wouldn’t have gone there. Kal Penn: Kids… John Cho: Look at that… Neil Patrick Harris: Chillens. John Cho: Look at that. Props from NPH…

Quint: That’s great. One thing I wanted to bring up with Jon and Hayden, and they even beat me to it… They were talking about “We want to keep making these movies and we were talking about doing spin-off movies…” and I was like “NPH movies!” What would you think about that? It’s a unique situation… because it’s you, but it’s not you… at least I’d imagine….

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Neil Patrick Harris: Part of me thinks that would be really hilarious just to make up this fictitious back story of my family and that makes me think of Steve Martin in THE JERK, just going really outlandish and then part of me thinks that is just truly jumping the shark, so I don’t know. When you are spinning off a character that’s based on a real person, but not real… I don’t know, it might be too much, but if anyone can write it…

Quint: It worked for John Malkovich.

Neil Patrick Harris: That’s true. If anyone could write it, they can, so who knows? I think that would honestly entirely depend upon the success of the next couple of months.

Quint: Did you see a big change in how you were perceived after the first movie?

Neil Patrick Harris: A big change in how I was perceived. Yeah, tons of people come up to me, more so than ever, and just comment on that. “You were excellent in HAROLD AND KUMAR, dude! That movie’s kickass, dude! It’s the shit, dude.” Kal Penn: People come up to me and say that about him. “So, I saw the poster for that new movie, is Neil Patrick Harris in it?” I say “yes” and then they walk away going “yes!” and I’m not kidding, sometimes they will go “Yo, he said yes!” and then this person will go meet up with a group of people and then celebrate. Neil Patrick Harris: That’s so weird. Kal Penn: It’s crazy. Neil Patrick Harris: I don’t understand it, but I’m happy for it. John Cho: You are a hero of hedonism. Kal Penn: Yeah. Neil Patrick Harris: Of what? Hedonism? John Cho: You’re like an epic Greco-Roman hero of hedonism. Neil Patrick Harris: (laughs) Not Richard Grieco, though, right? John Cho: No, not Richard Grieco. Kal Penn: From 21 JUMPSTREET? John Cho: No, your hair is all wrong for Grieco. He had “the ram.”

Quint: And he couldn’t pull off the unicorn.

Neil Patrick Harris: He had “the ram,” I had “the unicorn…”

[Everyone Laughs]

John Cho: His eyebrows were sculpted… they were beautiful.

Quint: So tell me more about the Cyclops.

[Everyone Laughs]

Quint: You are being really professional and complimentary and humble with each other and I’m sitting here just going “I just want to know what’s going on with the Cyclops.”

John Cho: It was really weird. Kal Penn: It was a stunt guy and I forget his name, but he was great. Neil Patrick Harris: Did he have a way to see once they put the prosthetic on? Kal Penn: Yes. John Cho: He didn’t have a whole lot of vision. Neil Patrick Harris: Through gills on the side or something? Kal Penn: Yes. John Cho: And he had that weird noise that he made.

[They all make weird noises.]

Quint: You know what sold me though was the teeth, or lack thereof, but that grin was I think my favorite part.

Kal Penn: He freaked me out and I can’t really talk about that. John Cho: Did he really freak you out? Kal Penn: Yes! He was a Cyclops. John Cho: I thought it was the greatest thing. Kal Penn: Do you remember how during takes the guy couldn’t see, so people had to escort him out? He would shuffle… I just couldn’t do it.

Quint: They should have given you the head for a wrap present or something. Watch, you are going to wake up and it’s going to be on your mantle or something. So, I would be absolutely murdered if I didn’t bring it up, but I need to know what you are not supposed to tell me about STAR TREK.

John Cho: Oh OK, well the plot involves the return of an epic… [Laughs] I can’t…

Quint: I saw you very successfully dodging the questions at WonderCon. You were doing well, but I had to ask.

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John Cho: The reason JJ [Abrams] wants to keep that under wraps is he just thinks that the surprise… He really is looking out for the audience. He feels like it’s a good move, so that the audience really experiences it in a fresh way, but what I can say about it is the spirit of it feels like it’s honoring what has come before it, just visually and the script and all of the actors he has chosen and it just feels like it is honoring what has come before and I feel like, fingers crossed, we will garner some new fans as well. Kal Penn: Hey, was it annoying to put on those ears every day? John Cho: I didn’t put on the ears. Kal Penn: What about that face? That head? Was that weird? John Cho: I played Sulu… He didn’t uh…

Quint: Did you have to deepen your voice?

John Cho: I couldn’t do that. [He lowers his voice] This is about as low as I can go. This is pretty uncomfortable and he’s like three octaves below that.

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Neil Patrick Harris: Can I ask a question? John Cho: Yeah. Neil Patrick Harris: A serious question that you might not be able to answer? Are they anticipating a franchise? Is that the plan? Did they make the movie to get it going again or did they make a movie to homage the pasts? John Cho: I’m not really sure how I can answer that without giving something away. I think there’s a possibility of them making more of these, yeah. Neil Patrick Harris: Cool. I can’t wait. I’ll be first in line.

Quint: So, what else do you guys have in the works, besides TREK?

Kal Penn: I’m working on the TV show HOUSE, so hopefully that goes a few more seasons, that would be nice. John Cho: That’s it for me. Neil Patrick Harris: I’m doing a web short film that Joss Whedon is directing and wrote called DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-A-LONG BLOG. That’s a musical about super villains and crossing my fingers for the next round of Dancing With The Stars. (long pause) No…

[Everyone Laughs]

John Cho: Why do I keep falling for this? Kal Penn: I was about to… wow…

Quint: Thanks guys, it’s good to see you guys again and good luck with the film and the screening tonight. I think it will go off really well.



-Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • March 15, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    When did Neil Patrick Harris become the "bee's knees?"

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I must've missed it.

  • March 15, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Oh, and FIRST!

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Just sayin'...

  • March 15, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    TheGhostWhoLurks

    by Sir Loin

    Congrats, man! Your life is now complete.

  • March 15, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Like we didn't know

    by Pseudo

    I find it a bit absurd that there's no comment on the possibility for sequels to Trek. It's supposed to be a prequel to the series so we already know that anyone in a red shirt (Scotty excepted) is going to die and the rest of the principals will live. What's the big surprise?

  • March 15, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Nah, Sir Loin... I've been "first" before.

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    It's just been awhile.

  • March 15, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    I need that fucking Unicorn poster

    by bottombrick

  • March 15, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    great interview, Quint

    by Sir Loin

    Very funny, too...loved the swipe at Greico's eyebrows. Those guys seem like they'd be cool to just hang with, Cho's one lucky dude getting to be in STAR TREK. Hopefully we won't get any serious plot details until it's release, it's good to be surprised sometimes :)

  • March 15, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    NPH 4 President

    by judweiser

    Nice interview, Quint. I hope this is as good as the first movie.

  • March 15, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Neil Patrick Harris is perhaps the coolest gay ever

    by DarthBakpao

    ..only second to Freddie Mercury

  • March 15, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    hah, Neil Patrick asked better questions

    by skywalkerfamily

    Owned by Doogie.

  • March 15, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    edit/find in this page/find:star trek

    by alice 13

    next/next/previous

  • March 15, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    John Cho can't lower his voice?

    by Orionsangels

    what kind of actor is he? no range i guess. i can lower my voice and act. i love how they cast actors who have limited talent.

  • March 15, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Everyone laughs!

    by Heckles

    I just can't read these interviews. I see the [Everyone laughs] indicator and it gives me the red ass. Quint- it's bad. Just piles of bad. No one cares about you allegedly making people laugh. Because do you know who is laughing? Those three actors who just had to be interviewed by some jerk from a geek website. Or maybe I just take it all at face value. Benefit of the doubt and such. Fine. How do we know how hard they laughed. I mean, was NPH kind of chuckling, yet Cho was just giggling? Did Penn slap a knee, do a spit take or wet his pants? Or, and get ready for this, was it the obligatory Hollywood shit-eating-grin that they give every donkey who rolls into the media room? Now that's funny.

  • March 15, 2008, 4:56 a.m. CST

    ...forgot to mention the recording...

    by Heckles

    ...only proves the sad, souless, actor laughter and fake smiles they dish 100 times that day.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Hmmm.

    by SebastianHaff

    NPH kind of ripped on Jason Mewes pretty hard there. Sure he had some problems for a while there, but he's been sober since Strike Back, right? Hell, even during Strike Back, when he was all doped up, he still carried the whole fuckin' movie admirably. I don't know, perhaps I'm an Askewniverse fanboy, but the Jay and Bob movies are a hell of a lot funnier, and yes, more intelligent, than any fucking Harold and Kumar nonsense. Still respect the Doogie and all, but I don't think he knew what he was talking about. That is all.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    "Spirit"

    by photoboy

    Whenever an actor says a film is in the "spirit" of the original it's always been code for "we've fucked with the continuity/story lots". If it's a continuation then they could just say that, but if it's in the "spirit" then it likely this is going to be the bastardized half-sequel/half-reboot shit I've been dreading.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Doogie Rules.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    NPH in Starship Troopers was geek ecstacy, and the bit in Undercover Brother when he ripped that guys heart out was poetic.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Doogie SUX

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    What the fuck has he got against Jason Melwes. Fuck him.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    I SUCK .......its Mewes you fool

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • March 15, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Neil Patrick Harris vs Fred Savage

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I'd buy that for a dollar.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST

    i couldn't believe when

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Doogies' pal Vinnie popped up in the Sopranos. Though he didn't last too long.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I wish Doogie was in Star Trek

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    then I might be interested

  • March 15, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Neil Patrick Harris vs Rambo

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    oops, wrong talkback.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Neil Patrick Harris vs Fred Savage vs the kid from ALF

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • March 15, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Doogie Love

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Can't stop till I get enough.....

  • March 15, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Starship Troopers Doogie vs Schindlers Ralph Fiennes

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Mano E Mano

  • March 15, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Brokeback Doogie

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I can't quit doogin you.

  • March 15, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    cool

    by pcassou

    Since undercover brother my idea about NPH change completely, he is really cool

  • March 15, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    Don't blame it on the sunshine

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Don't blame it on moonlight, blame it on the good times, blame it on the doogie.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Helllooooo is it doogie your lookin fooorrr?

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • March 15, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Saturday Night

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Adoog doog doog doog doog doo doo.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    That one was for Chisel fans

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    fuck I hate Barnsey.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST

    I am Doogholio,Do you have chipeez for my bunghole

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • March 15, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Doogie Howser 2: Doog Harder.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • March 15, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    The Doog Vs the Dude

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Lebowski vs The Howser.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Neil patrick Harris is Doogtastic.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    nuff said.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Day of the Doogie.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    It is inevitable.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I think Kevin Smith...

    by Seany-Wan

    would take offense to what NPH said about Jason. Sure, Jason had his problems ( and if you watch the behind the scenes of Clerks II, he recounts his decline), but Neil makes it sound like he is some junkie caught on film. Not true. Jason is better than that.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Doogie Vs Jay

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    can't believe I didn't see it before.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    but if it was Jay Vs NPH from Undercover brother

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Jay would be fucked up doogie style.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    "You're going back to P."

    by I Dunno

    Any guy who can deliver that line while wearing a Nazi uniform, then go back to his trailer and take a cock in his ass deserves some respect.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    The Doog abides.....

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    phones ringing doog.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Doctor Dooglittle

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    but it probably involves gay bestiality.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Man I wish I could write an appropriate goodnight

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    to everyone like Doogie would. I guess what I've learned from all this is that no matter how hard you try, people are hard to crack. Man Vinnie has a hot ass. Gnight.

  • March 15, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    "The return of an epic...(laughs) I can't..."

    by Big Dumb Ape

    For a moment I got my hopes and dreams up because the ONLY "epic return" that would make me grin from ear to ear is if the "big surprise" that JJ Abrams has in store for us all with the new TREK is that it actually ends with KIRK resurrected and pulled out of the fucking silly Nexus Ribbon or whatever the hell it was called -- and thus he can be back in action. THAT would be a cool ending. And it would be a truly great and welcome surprise if it turned out that all this time...with all the interviews and public bitching back and forth about how Shatner wasn't invited to be a part of the movie or how they couldn't come to terms, blah, blah, blah...if Abrams, Shatner and Nimoy had been actually playing the fans all along on a big mislead, and now Kirk would actually show up in the film.<p>Other than that I still think this thing will be an oddity and possible travesty of the first magnitude. Seriously, Shatner and Nimoy are literally global ICONS for their roles and I really don't think junior look-a-like guy and a passable imitator from a faltering TV show are actually going to depose them out of the roles that entire generations have come to love the Shat and Nimoy for...

  • March 15, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    doogie is legend

    by ironic_name

  • March 15, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    NEIL PATRICK HARRIS IS GAY?

    by BringingSexyBack

    When did that happen?

  • March 15, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE

    by BringingSexyBack

    I need a good laugh, and Harold and Kumar is just good fun. NPH as NPH is just really really smart casting.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    NPH needs to check himself

    by liljuniorbrown

    Before his ten minutes in Harold and Kumar he was a "where are they now" doing voice over work for one of the worst Spiderman cartoons in history. Now he wants to act like he is some comedic genius by throwing Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes under the bus? Wow. I know alot of people on this site hate all things Kevin Smith ,I just sincerely don't get it.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I can't believe nobody has addressed...

    by Big Dan

    NPH and cockmeat sandwiches...that is all.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    NPH came out a few years ago..

    by Batutta

    And the fact that he's gay just makes the joke of being a womanizing hedonist even funnier.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    I agree with NPH about Mewes

    by Bobo_Vision

    All Doogie is saying is that Mewes isn't really an actor, he's just being himself onscreen, and that's the truth. Even Mewe apologists will agree. Plus, you can find a Jason Mewes working in any kitchen in America constantly talking about drugs, sex, and other guys' cocks. It gets old really quick.

  • March 15, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I can just picture Mewes screaming...

    by I Dunno

    "OH MY FUCKING GOD, DOOGIE LOVES THE COCK!"

  • March 15, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    NO TALK ABOUT TREK PLOT=IMPENDING DISASTER

    by uss cygnus

    AND THEY *KNOW* IT.

  • March 15, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    New Star Trek

    by Gungan Slayer

    Fuck this Star Trek movie. Fuck JJ Abrams.

  • March 15, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    NPH = my gay role model

    by DarthBakpao

    If someday i decide to become a gay, i want to be one like NPH, or Freddie Mercury

  • March 15, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Barney Mutha Fucking Stinson!

    by UGABugKiller

    Quint, your research sucks balls, because you should know that NPH plays only the funniest, scene-stealingist, hedonistic bastard to ever lose a Slap Bet on "How I Met Your Mother."<br><br>He's the King of Awesome, the Prince of Suiting Up, he's LEGEN... wait for it... DARY!!!<br><br>Come on man, it's just about the funniest show on television, and he's the reason why. You should check it out on iTunes. Highly recommend it.

  • March 15, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    If I actually knew someone like Jason Mewes...

    by rbatty024

    I'd have to kick him out of a moving vehicle. I enjoy his schtick in small doses, but his entire career, thankfully, is Jay.

  • March 15, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother

    by krish-0

    I agree. This is the best sitcom on tv nowadays. And I usually hate sitcoms. It also features Jason Siegel and Allison Hannigan.

  • March 15, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Read up on Mewes

    by liljuniorbrown

    To me I think the guy has been extremely lucky and has a certain talent. The reason I really want to tell NPH to fuck off is that i've been where Mewe's has and it's no easy task to get your life back in order after the fact. It's the whole people in glass houses arguement to me. I'm not dogging the guy out I just think he made dumb comment. He could have just as easily made the same comments about Cheech Marin.

  • March 15, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    krish-0

    by UGABugKiller

    Isn't it weird on "How I Met Your Mother" that we're supposed to like Ted and Robin the most, but Barney, Lily, and Marshall are the true backbone of the show.<br><br>Sometimes, Ted gets a little too, well, Ross-like, and when he does that, he's not likable at all. And while Robin has had her moments and is hot, I find that a little of her goes a long way.<br><br>I want more Lily and Marshall, and I definitely want more Barney back story. All of the best episodes revolve around those characters, where their plots are the best. Think about Slap Bet, which originally was supposed to be all about Robin "Sparkles" and became about the awesome slappage. Or about Stuff, which was supposed to be about Robin being a wet blanket about Ted's ex-girlfriend's stuff, but instead we remember Lily's awful play, the word "moist," Barney's worse play, and of course, Slap Number 2. Then we have the absolute best episode so far, Slapsgiving, featuring Marshall emotionally and mentally torturing Barney up until the final second when Slap Number 3 is administered, and then the song which followed!<br><br>Man, there are things that happen in this show, new phrases and words are invented... it's very "Seinfeld" like in its originality.<br><br>This show oozes AWESOME.

  • March 15, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Dont Understand NPH Craze?

    by wilsonfisk89

    Why is he some sort of iconic superstar at this point? Simply because he came out? Who cares man, seems like theres more interesing gays than him, Takei for one...

  • March 15, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Why is NPH the coolest gay ever?

    by spud mcspud

    Because it doesn't define his every waking moment - it's just a part of who he is.<P> And because he can play a space Nazi, in a satirical space horror epic pretending to be Melrose Space, and actually get lauded (rightfully!) for it.<P> The legend that is NPH ascended to true greatness when he starred in the first HAROLD AND KUMAR.<P> And now he is, officially, the coolest gay ever.<P> RTD: THAT is the way to integrate your sexuality with your inner self. Become the Doog.

  • March 15, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Takei coming out...

    by spud mcspud

    Just the thought of Takei's incredible deep, clipped, impeccable tones...<P> "Chekov... bring that ass over here..."<P> It's not my bag, but I can see how that voice might drive the ladyboys wild. Go Team Takei!

  • March 15, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Lay off NPH's comments on Mewes...

    by spud mcspud

    Fair point. NPH is, I think, alludiing to the FACT that Mewes is not an actor per se. He is, in fact, playing himself - funny as it may be - as himself in those movies. You cannot imagine Mewes playing, for example, a kinky space Nazi as in STARSHIP TROOPERS. Or the child genius in DOOGIE HOWSER MD. Although he could maybe pull off the drug scenes in H&K WHITE CASTLE.<P> And as for all this "I've been where Mewes was...", for fuck's sake, NPH is calling him out on his lack of acting ability. Which is entirely justified. SO you go on and wallow in the greatness that is your "descent to hell and return from it", then go write a misery memoir about it and then get it on Oprah's Book Club and become a fucking millionaire from everyone else buying your book about how you did something fucking stupid and then stopped one day.<P> No-one's saying drug recovery is easy... but it is a fucking stupid thing to do in the first place, and it doesn't entitle you to more sympathy, or to any more plaudits about how hard your poor life must have been, when you could, in fact, have just NOT DONE THEM.<P> God. This fucking self-pity bullshit winds me up.

  • March 15, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    spud mcspud

    by Bobo_Vision

    With regards to your last comment...Amen.

  • March 15, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    NPH spin-off waaay too risky

    by samsquanch

    I think he's right, the fear of the momentum he's earned through two stoner comedies (that ended up being better movies than they were supposed to be,) especially playing himself, will end the minute he tries to parlay that into some kind of vanity vehicle. As cool as he is, can you imagine how lame it'll be trying to carry a whole movie, playing himself? Who wants to see that? Know when to quit, buddy. Take another funny role somewhere else.

  • March 15, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    and, is John Cho playing Sulu in the new Trek?

    by samsquanch

    Weird. he looks absolutely nothing like him. I look more like George Takei, and I'm white.

  • March 15, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    It should have been Daniel Dae-Kim

    by performingmonkey

    That is all.

  • March 15, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Is Jason Mewes even an actor.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Dude, he's played one role.

  • March 15, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    "...the return of an epic..." what? Captain?? Eh??? EHHHH???

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 15, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I hope he has the Sulu laugh

    by skywalkerfamily

    That stilted laughter.

  • March 15, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    What if Kirk DOES return?

    by spud mcspud

    Does anyone really care? I mean, to see a fat, old, unfit Kirk running around pretending to still be an icon?<P> If you want to see that, watch your STAR TREK: GENERATIONS DVD again.<P> Shatner is a god of comedy in BOSTON LEGAL. It's a whole new lease of life for him, and he is AWESOME in it. Leave Kirk where he belongs - in the past, saving the universe.

  • March 15, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Shatner doesn't need to come back.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Shatner rules. But, I want to see a new cast in the Trek movie.

  • March 15, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I hope Sulu runs around with his shirt off...

    by mrfan

    waving that fencing foil around. Then have NPH in the background checking him out. That would be a great cameo for NPH.

  • March 15, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    NPH v. Kevin Smith

    by Loosejerk

    NPH should go after Smith's skank, talentless wife too. I can't wait until "Porno" tanks and Smith is out of the biz for good. Yeah, I wrote "biz".

  • March 15, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Smith should have been out of the biz

    by skywalkerfamily

    after his Strikes Back shit. Even Mark Hamill fell for that one.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    By the way, Troy is pretty great.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    This interview--not so much. [Everyone laughs]

  • March 15, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    DR.HORRIBLE'S SING-A-LONG BLOG: Confirmed

    by buffywrestling

    Posted at whedonesque[dot]com by Joss <p> So..... <p> The bag is catless. <p> During the strike I started writing a musical intended as a limited internet series, 3 episodes of approximately 10 minutes each. Writing with me was my brother Jed, his fiancee Maurissa, and my other brother Zack. To my shock and surprise, we finished it. To my greater shock and surprise, we managed (with the help of many people I'll be praising at length soon) to drag it into preproduction (yes, just as DOLLHOUSE was given a start date two months away and all my comics were due.) And today, after a grueling week of writing everything ever while trying to be a producer, I got to start shooting. A musical. <p> This much I will say: It's the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to. And I'm having the time of my life. <p> "DOCTOR HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG" <p> Neil Patrick Harris.....as Dr. Horrible Nathan Fillion..........as Captain Hammer Felicia Day.............as Penny And a cast of Dozens! <p> Coming soon. <p> -j.

  • March 15, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Troy was shit

    by Stevie Grant

    First of all, if they leave out the Greek Pantheon, they leave out half the story. Also, the original "Iliad" is an unbelievably perfect story. Unfortunately, Indy films don't have a 100 million dollar budgets, so it couldn't be done true to Homer. Basically (I'm totally butchering the tale here, but...) but it is a tale of Achilles and Agamemnon starting a fight and settling their differences; juxtaposed against the "largest battle in history". Pure win if done right.

  • March 15, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Doomsday Review

    by frongbak

    Where is the goddamn review for Doomsday? The site is all on Marshall's cock for Dog Soldiers and the Descent, righteous genre-films to be sure, but they can't get a review down for Doomsday?!!??!?? I'm calling shenanigans on that shit.

  • March 16, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    frong

    by Quint

    I was wondering the same thing. I didn't get an invite to a press screening so I'll assume there wasn't one here in Austin... but that could be due to SXSW. I'm insanely curious about the movie because, as you said, I'm all up on Marshall's dock so far. And I love Mad Max and it looks like he does, too. SXSW ended tonight... I have a ton of work to catch up on regarding that, but I'm hoping to catch it tomorrow or Monday.

  • March 16, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Stevie--You fell for it...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    And by the way, Troy is pretty great.

  • March 16, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    I know the secret J.J.'s keeping about Star Trek.

    by otm shank

    The final big battle between the Enterprise and the Cloverfield monster. Complete with shakey-cam.

  • March 16, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    2face video here!

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/2q5taf

  • March 16, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Dear ironic_name:

    by cornponious

    I hate you. I mean, I could do that too. Trick people into thinking they were going to see something. It's easy. Here, I'll show you: <p> I have a picture of Paris Hilton in handcuffs: <p> http://tinyurl.com/2ukt9l <p> See? It's easy.

  • March 16, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Whedon confirms...

    by Jack Black

    "Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog" http://tinyurl.com/24b9lw

  • March 16, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Quint, just say whether you're thinking about...

    by Heckles

    Stopping with the [Everyone laughs] dipshit place holder. It's horrible. Just stop it. Or at least admit you never will. It's the most important thing I am involved in for the next seven seconds.

  • March 16, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    cornponious:

    by ironic_name

    I love that song.. but no goatse? <P> [and it was a 2face video]

  • March 16, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Balls to JJ and his 're-imagining'...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...Bring back The Shat!

  • March 16, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    The Shia Lebeouf "No, No, No!" video

    by Bobo_Vision

    Since we're exchanging videos, I know how much talkbackers love Shia Lebeouf, so check this out: <p>http://tinyurl.com/22zprp

  • March 16, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Mewes

    by Beldo84

    Pretty sure NPH was talking about "Clerks" where Mewes actually was fucked up constantly (drunk or high in every scene) and Smith basically captured it on film and that was the character. Not sure that he meant to reference his later problems with heroin during J&SBSB.

  • March 16, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Once again, AintItCool...

    by ninpobugei

    You're not listening...do you have any clue as to how ungodly BORING it is to read through your entire verbatem conversation just to learn a few basic tidbits of useful information?!?! Just give us the short, SHORT version! You people are just too stuck on yourselves to distill the useful information from the geek-fest circle-jerk you so love to send our way. We don't care about your love of various people or your personal experiences. JUST GIVE US THE USEFUL INFORMATION AND SPARE US THE GEEK DETAILS!!!!

  • March 16, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    ninpobugei

    by Quint

    This is the way I've been doing my interviews for over 10 years now. It's the way I personally like to read them and until you specifically I haven't gotten any complaints about it. Some of them are better than others, that's for sure, but if you want the short short version of interviews read the Entertainment Weekly sidebars they do... or at the very least know that I'll be doing it this way so you've braced yourself if you want to read any of these interviews. Afterall, the "geek details" is pretty much what AICN has always been about, no?

  • March 16, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Why no video?

    by Dazzler69

    I would rather see the interview if you have a sound recorder how hard is it to video it. Even TMZ style?

  • March 16, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I like the interviews

    by skywalkerfamily

    They're usually with people who I don't know, but they good.

  • March 16, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    ThaSithMaster

    by Bobo_Vision

    We'll have to buy the ticket and see. That won't be revealed without a spoiler alert banner.

  • March 16, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I would have voted for NPH on DWTS

    by CherryValance

    That interview seemed really formal. Were you guys being watched?</p> And don't say "Daniel Dae Kim" when I'm not prepared. I accidently drooled on my keyboard.

  • March 16, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    No relation...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Believe me.

  • March 16, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Who still watches or cares about Star Trek???

    by Sick Fixx

    Come the fuck on! Learn to respect yourselves! At least Star WARS has some fucking passion and humanity, but all Star Trek offers is imaginary technotalk, robotic dialogue and recycled, condensed philosophy.

  • March 17, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Star Wars is where

    by comedian_x

    it's at. Star Trek and Dune to a greater extent are for people who don't want compelling Sci-Fi, but want space ships mixed with the finer points of Spice/Conferation politics.

  • March 17, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    I was wondering if NPH is going to be 'out' in the movie too

    by samsquanch

    I seem to remember seeing a shot of him riding a unicorn, with a rainbow in the background, part of a drug-induced hallucination, no doubt, so.... evidently he will be loud and proud!

  • March 17, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    NPH!!!

    by Razorback

    He is the shizznit.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Re: Star Trek, Been saying this for months now

    by Darth Busey

    There is no way that Shatner isn't in this thing.

  • March 17, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    spud mcspud, that was nice

    by liljuniorbrown

    I havn't heard someone be that full of themselves on this site in a while. NPH made that comment to try and suck up to his co-stars and made himself look like an ass in the process. The reason I brought my shit into it,was to make a point, and the point was that nobody is perfect. I'm sure Mewes isn't the only person in Hollywood to have a drug problem. He admitted it got help and moved on. Same thing with Ben Affleck, Matthew Perry and countless others.Is Mewes a great actor? Given his limited on the job training I would say he can hold his own in the roles he's been given. As far as the drug thing goes, I don't want pitty from anyone, I did my shit and moved on. I just think that it's kind of shitty of NPH to have brought that up. I knew I was gonna get shit for taking up for Mewes and Smith but that shit doesn't phase me. I'm over it already.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Cock-meat sandwiches!

    by Ye Not Guilty

    Is it just me, or did anyone else sense NPH getting a tad pissed at his co-star after that line?

  • March 17, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    The Future Is Bleak

    by Herbert_Marcuse

    Imagine a world with no graves, Because when you die in the future, They will just post your name on some website. And if the server crashes you’ll be lost forever, You should have paid for a better website.

  • March 19, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Musical!!

    by oisin5199

    Ok, Malcolm Reynolds, Vi the Vampire Slayer and Doogie Hauser in a online musical by Joss? Sold!!

  • March 19, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    the reason they started interviewin each other

    by ArcadianDS

    is because the interviewer had them chatting about the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes, and how one could participate in it.<p> *FACEPALM*

  • March 19, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    the REST of what I typed

    by ArcadianDS

    I left a paragraph command unclosed and it deleted the whole rest of my post. dammit. here's what you missed:<p> *facepalm*<p> j/k It was a great casual interview, which I like more than the canned ET junket clips we usually get.

  • March 20, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    i've asked before and I'll ask again. Why no

    by CrichtonAstronut

    How I Mat Your Mother Talkback? It's just one the best damn things on TV. Certainly the best and most original in comedy and it looks a lot like I'm not the only one on this site thinking along those lines. So, Why no Talkback?

  • March 23, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    liljuniorbrown

    by spud mcspud

    NPH called out Mewes because people still mistake Mewes for an actor when really all he does is play himself in the movies he's done. He's by no stretch of the imagination an actor. It's kind of demeaning for someone who does understand, and is well versed in, the actual craft of acting to have to be compared to a strung out cokehead playing a strung out cokehead. There's no skill involved in what Mewes does. Yes, it's great that he stopped all that stupid shit with the drugs, and yes he's funny as Jay in the Askewniverse movies, but shit - call him what he is: an ex-junkie who plays junkies. He's NOT a fucking actor., Acting actually takes skills, skills that Mewes just does not have. This is why NPH called him out: actors and junkies are lightyears apart - putting them both on the silver screen DOES NOT make them equals.<P> This discussion not withstanding, NPH rules. Especially in STARSHIP TROOPERS.

  • July 27, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Can't Get Enough?

    by MissZahrah

    If you can't get enough of that wacky singing mad scientist bent on world domination stuff (because it was only 3 episodes for a limited time) ... then check out Doctor Steel! The ongoing movement for world domination with robots, toys, puppets and Mind Control Cookies!- definitely not here for a limited time only! Check it out his music at www.doctorsteel.com under Audio Experimentation or on YouTube. (psst.. it's free, too!)