You can credit the Harold & Kumar stoner comedies with rejuvenating Neil Patrick Harris‘ career: In 2004′s Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harris played a fictionalized version of himself as a drug-addled playboy. Audiences loved seeing the guy they knew as cute Doogie Howser hilariously spiraling out of control. The next year, he introduced us to Barney Stinson (very much the same character, minus the drug habit) in How I Met Your Mother. His part in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) was even bigger: ‘Shrooms, branding hookers, and getting shot dead.
He could’ve let it go there and walked away from a franchise that helped establish him as a comic actor. But he’s got a big role in the third movie, A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas – and this time, it seems like it’s more him doing a solid for them, as opposed to them helping him out.
In the trailer, NPH transcends heaven and earth in his pursuit of a great high and some ass. We see him hobnobbing with Jesus Christ himself and, hilariously, playing off the fact that he’s now publicly out to get more girls. It may not be the kind of movie he’d want his newborn twins to see anytime soon, but it looks awesome.
Honestly, we’re more excited for NPH’s parts than the rest of the plot starring John Cho and Kal Penn. It looks like maybe they shoot Santa in the face, but we don’t see if they have to take over his route. There’s also romantic entanglements with Kumar’s ongoing love, played by Danneel Ackles. But it’s obvious that Harris’ parts will be what elevates this movie and makes us willing to celebrate Christmas on November 4.