KAL PENN: No, I love that stereotypical, racist, degrading accent that I have to put on. No, absolutely. It was very refreshing. I dont believe that an accent always necessarily signifies something racist but inevitably in most Hollywood movies having an accent means that the character tends to be one-dimensional. A lot of times the accent is used to mask bad writing or to go with an easy joke. Its obviously, not having to do an accent especially to play a young Indian person who grew up in this country, thats most of us. When you have an accent that features younger people, it tends to perpetuate this concept of otherness. You know, Youre not like us. You are totally foreign. Theres a negativity thats associated with that. So to not have to do the accent was positive for those reasons, and also just as an actor to play a character thats three-dimensional like this, thats fun, thats more me who goes through this journey with his best friend in whats, to me, the All-American road trip movie is very refreshing.
Will there be another Van Wilder?
KAL PENN: Well see. I got an email recently from somebody that said theyre thinking about doing one. It was interesting. I wonder
What are you working on next?
DANNY LEINER: Im in post-production on a movie called The Great New Wonderful, which is a $500,000 high-def movie I shot in New York. It takes place a year after 9/11. Its five separate stories, [and features an] ensemble cast with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Colbert, and Judy Greer.
JOHN CHO: Wow.
DANNY LEINER: Thats right, baby.
JOHN CHO: Its a disaster. A casting disaster.
KAL PENN: Why would you cast so many newcomers in a movie?
DANNY LEINER: Well, I wanted to give them a shot. Its a great cast and Im really excited. It has some comedic elements in it. Its hard to describe. Its both comedic and dark and serious, and its kind of an interesting movie.
And you two?
KAL PENN: (Speaking for John) Ah, hes got a show coming out on NBC called The Mens Room - its a sitcom - this fall. He also did a movie called See This Movie and another movie called Synergy, both with the Weitz Brothers who also produced it.
JOHN CHO: (Speaking for Kal) Kal is in The Son of the Mask, which is not really a sequel, its more of a franchise film. Then weve got A Lot Like Love starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet whos hot. Then hes got a darker in tone movie called Dancing in Twilight. Thats an independent drama so look for it at your next festival.