Actor Kal Penn has decided to leave Hollywood.
You might not know Penn by his name alone, but you’ve probably heard of his most famous film, “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” It even had a sequel: “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.”*
For the past two seasons, Penn has co-starred on the hit tv series “House.” But he quit the show after — get this — he was offered a job to work in the Obama administration.
My first thought was, “Shoot, how can I do this?” I mean, the only thing that might be better than working for B would be working directly for Meesh.
But it all makes sense. Penn was an ardent and vocal Obama supporter from the very beginning. And during B’s campaign, he volunteered as a liaison to the Asian-American community — or something like that. Penn’s new title is still a little murky. But his early devotion has led to an awesome job. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t envious.
Right after B won, I had a slim glimmer of hope that I might get one of those cool jobs listed in the Plum Book. I applied but never got a call back. (Shocker.) My disappointment aside, Penn gets a Tiger Woods-like fist pump in the air from me. This is a very, very good look for him.
* I never saw these movies, but I did see Penn in the wonderful indie film “The Namesake.” Check it out. Or better yet, read the book.