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House star quits for Obama role

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:22 am
by martyn20
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7989470.stm

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Hollywood actor Kal Penn has taken a job in the administration of President Barack Obama.

The star, who appeared in US TV drama House and comic movie Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, will work in the Office of Public Liaison.

Penn's role will be to connect the President with Asian, Pacific Island communities and arts groups.

The actor recently made a dramatic exit from medical drama House in the US. The show also stars Hugh Laurie.

Speaking to US journalists, the 31-year-old said he felt his calling was in public service.

"It's not like I'm retiring from acting. I certainly intend to come back at some point," he added.

Penn supported Obama throughout his election campaign and spoke at the President's inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

A starting date for his new job is yet to be fixed.

The actor is best known on the big screen for his role as a marijuana-smoking student in the Harold and Kumar movies.

House star quits for Obama role

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:26 am
by smeggypants
"It's not like I'm retiring from acting." he added.


At least he's honest. :)

House star quits for Obama role

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:31 am
by martyn20
smeggypants wrote:
"It's not like I'm retiring from acting." he added.


At least he's honest. :)


Yep, he is going to do a few years working for his country being paid a pittance, good for him. :thumb:

House star quits for Obama role

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:40 am
by taliesin
Oh yea, it came up on my Facebook thingy, really spoiled the next episode for me because the character he plays
spoiler:
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Shoot's himself in the head
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and they made sure we all found out about it.

House star quits for Obama role

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:43 am
by martyn20
taliesin wrote:Oh yea, it came up on my Facebook thingy, really spoiled the next episode for me because the character he plays
spoiler:
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Shoot's himself in the head
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and they made sure we all found out about it.


I was lucky, I watched the episode this afternoon just before the story came up on the BBC website, very shocking.

House star quits for Obama role

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:51 am
by smeggypants
I've never heard of him to be honest. :oops:

House star quits for Obama role

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:06 pm
by taliesin
martyn20 wrote:
taliesin wrote:Oh yea, it came up on my Facebook thingy, really spoiled the next episode for me because the character he plays
spoiler:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Shoot's himself in the head
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

and they made sure we all found out about it.


I was lucky, I watched the episode this afternoon just before the story came up on the BBC website, very shocking.


seen it now. Had facebook not spolied it for me I would have been very shocked. Sout of the blue and unexpected. I really liked the song they played at the end, very emotional.