KAL PENN: Amazing. They had a ceremony.
JOHN CHO: Vindicated (laughing). I was on the White Castle blacklist for a while and I had to turn in names and stuff, it was awful. It was awesome. The Comic Con is actually to me, you know, theres some similarities there. I also feels like its a superbly American thing that people can find love for things that are non-traditional. You go to other cultures and there isnt that kind of freedom to be a fan, you know, of new things in culture. So its kind of fantastic. You go there and these are people that got married at White Castle, tattoos of White Castle
KAL PENN: People drove hundreds of miles to go to White Castle.
JOHN CHO: You have to be kind of in awe of that kind of raw passion. People live for that event. It kind of was a stupendous night.
KAL PENN: They are jealous because we have plaques that say White Castle.
JOHN CHO: And polo shirts blue polo shirts.
White Castle really bought into this, didnt they?
DANNY LEINER: It was in the script. They saw it. We wanted to use White Castle and once they came onboard, they didnt just give us permission but they definitely embraced it. New Line partnered up with them and we did this promotion on Sunset Blvd. where they had a temporary White Castle and they were serving all these free burgers. And theyve done promotions in stores. So the answer is, once they agreed to come onboard and to let us use their name, they also took full advantage with New Lines blessing to cross-promote the movie.
KAL PENN: Theres an interesting article that just came out in Reuters about the business model of like the cross-promotion of White Castle and New Line. There was a lot of stuff I didnt know. It was definitely a very good fit and a thing that just came together.
Whats your record for White Castle hamburgers eaten? Danny has said his is 12.
JOHN CHO: Our guess is like around 50.
KAL PENN: In the scene we had to constantly be eating so we must have consumed I dont eat meat so mine were veggie burgers but they were the exact same size. I didnt eat breakfast that day, which saved a lot more room. So maybe I ate 60
DANNY LEINER: In the beginning of the scene, we were like shooting these wide [shots] and then were going to go in closer and do the close-ups. And you know youre going to do a lot of takes. And John and I are watching and Kals like eating these burgers
JOHN CHO: I would spit them out as we were eating, otherwise
KAL PENN: They were so good I just ate them.
DANNY LEINER: Im like, Kal, in 10 minutes youre going to be full and youve got like 20 takes to go.
KAL PENN: You know why? I didnt eat breakfast and I get very excited when I taste a good veggie burger because theres so many bad ones. So, I didnt eat breakfast, it was a good veggie burger, Kumar loves the White Castle [burgers], it was like the climatic moment in the movie.
DANNY LEINER: And were in this place where we had built this White Castle in the middle of nowhere.
KAL PENN: It was all the excitement of everything. I was just happy. It was like Kumars enthusiasm and mine met, and we were one in eating.
As a vegetarian, did you have a problem playing someone who loves meat?
KAL PENN: No. Total non-issue. Its like playing a stockbroker... What I mean is, to me thats not a defining thing about the character at all. The diet of a character isnt a defining thing for me.