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Kal Penn

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Associated Works

Slumdog Millionaire [2008 film] (2008) — Actor — 467 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Superman Returns [2006 film] (2006) — Actor — 434 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season (1999) — Actor — 229 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle [2004 film] (2004) — Actor — 168 kappaletta
Van Wilder [2002 Film] (2002) — Actor — 159 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Angel: Season 3 (2001) — Actor — 153 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
House, MD: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD] (2011) — Actor — 120 kappaletta
House, MD: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD] (2011) — Actor — 102 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
24: The Complete Sixth Season (2007) — Actor — 86 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
House, MD: The Complete Sixth Season [DVD] (2011) — Actor — 73 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Namesake [2006 film] (2007) — Actor — 63 kappaletta
Epic Movie [2007 film] (2007) — Actor — 60 kappaletta
The Big Bang Theory: The Twelfth and Final Season (2018) — Actor — 60 kappaletta
House, MD: The Complete Eighth [Final] Season [DVD] (2014) — Actor — 57 kappaletta
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas [2011 film] (2012) — Actor — 40 kappaletta
House, M.D.: The Complete Series (2012) — Actor, eräät painokset36 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Son of the Mask [2005 Movie] (2005) — Actor — 30 kappaletta
Malibu's Most Wanted [2003 Film] (2003) — Actor — 27 kappaletta
ER: The Complete Eighth Season (2008) — Actor — 18 kappaletta
Once Upon a Time in Venice [2017 film] (2017) — Actor — 17 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Smile [2022 Film] (2022) — Actor — 17 kappaletta
The Layover [2017 film] (2017) 12 kappaletta
Man About Town [2006 film] (2008) — Actor — 10 kappaletta
Harold & Kumar Triple Feature (2015) 7 kappaletta
Designated Survivor: Season 2 (2019) 6 kappaletta
Bachelor Party Vegas [2006 Movie] (2006) — Actor — 3 kappaletta
Designated Survivor: Season 3 (2019) 2 kappaletta
Battle Creek: The Complete First Season — Actor — 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Dancing in Twilight [2005 film] (2007) — Actor — 1 kappale
The Girl in the Photographs [2015 Film] (2016) — Actor — 1 kappale
The Problem with Apu [2017 Documentary Film] (2017) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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You probably know Kal Penn best from his starring role in the Harold and Kumar movies. You were probably as surprised as I was when it was announced that he had taken a role as an advisor in the Obama administration. After reading this book, I’m not surprised at all.

The first part of the book is about how Kal got his start in Hollywood and oh my gosh, the overt, unabashed racism and sexism he encountered was astounding. I know the entertainment industry can be racist and sexist but I thought people perpetuating it were a little more subtle about it. But no – like the producer who told Kal he doesn’t hire “chicks” because he doesn’t want to deal with possible sexual harassment lawsuits. Instead of maybe just controlling himself and not being a jerk? Or the producer who said Joseph Gordon-Levitt would never get a job because he was too Asian. Said this to Kal, who is, hello? Also Asian! Kal was not afraid to call out people who treated him poorly. Most of the time, he doesn’t use names but I bet you could figure out who they were if you tried hard enough.

The next part of the book was about Kal’s time in the Obama administration, which totally makes sense to me now. He was taking an international studies course through Stanford at the time. He was a surrogate for Obama during the campaign and learned a lot so when Obama was elected, he applied for a job. He truly did get it on merit, not because he’s a movie star. His role was not symbolic, he actually made important decisions.

One thing that I thought was odd was that he didn’t talk about being gay at all, other than to briefly mention his first few dates with his finance Josh. Apparently, this book was the first time he publically stated that he’s gay. Since he wrote about his parents struggling with his decision to pursue a career in the arts instead of medicine or engineering like most Indian children, I thought he would also write about how they felt about his sexuality. I mean, it’s none of my business but I just thought it was a pretty big part of his life to leave out since he writes about other personal stuff.

He reads You Can’t Be Serious himself and I think that made it extra funny. He has a conversational style that was really engaging. Highly recommended.
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mcelhra | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 2, 2023 |
You know the author from his roles in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Namesake, House, Designated Survivor, and Sunnyside. (Oh wait, you probably don’t know about Sunnyside because NBC set it up to fail.) He narrates the audiobook version of this memoir, and is as hilarious and delightful as you’d expect. But as he reflects on his careers both in acting and serving in the Obama administration, he goes into pretty serious stuff, especially the overwhelming amount of racism in supposedly progressive Hollywood. I felt inspired by his stories of standing up for himself while learning how to play the game, all told with earnestness, humility, introspection, and laugh-out-loud humor.… (lisätietoja)
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KGLT | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 24, 2022 |
You Can’t Be Serious

I Picked Up This Book Because: I like the actor.

Media Type: Audiobook
Source: Scribd
Dates Read: 11/18/21 - 11/21/21
Stars: 4 Stars
Narrator(s): Kal Penn

The Story:

A really interesting look at Hollywood. The lens of a non white actor is tough and a little shocking. I also enjoyed the non-hollywood parts of the book. His growing up and time at the White House. Admittedly I could have done about 20% less WH stories but they were all interesting and I heard about parts of the government I had no idea existed. Overall a great multifaceted book.

The Random Thoughts:
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bookjunkie57 | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 27, 2021 |

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