Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Breaking News for HOUSE Fans: Kutner Committed Suicide on the Show so In Real Life Kal Penn Could Work for Obama Administration!

My long time viewers know I am an avid "House" fan. I love House. He is brilliant yet flawed. Each show takes us on a long ride to find the answer to a complex puzzle all while we observe a range of emotions by each character on the show, especially the leading character, House. House's true purpose in life is leading a team of young doctors in diagnosing usually rare and often fatal maladies that baffle most doctors.
Last night was an amazing ride. Kutner, a member of his team, committed suicide! Out of the blue, no answers to why. The audience (me included) remained in shock through to his funeral at the end of the show.
Then today, I read the reason for Kutner's demise. The very talented actor playing Kutner, Kal Penn, is going to work for the Obama administration. Surprise!
Although I knew Penn did work on the Obama campaign, this surprising news came as a shock to me and to many viewers. Imagine, giving up a successful job on an amazing show like House to work in an even better job for the White House and for our President. It is like a dream come true.
Congratulations Kal Penn, for your new job and for the tremendous future you have!
Here is more from his interview with EW.com:
EW: I understand it was your decision to leave House. True?
KAL PENN: Yes. I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I'm going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They're basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It's similar to what I was doing on the campaign.
EW: Will you actually be working in the White House?
PENN: This particular office is in the executive building. The White House has two buildings: the actual White House and an old Navy building called the Old Executive Office.
EW: Are you there as long as Obama's in office?
PENN: A lot of that stuff is up in the air. This is a relatively recent development.
EW: Safe to say you're taking a huge pay cut?
PENN: Oh, yeah. There's not a lot of financial reward in these jobs. But, obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor.
EW: How long has this been in the works?
PENN: I've been thinking about [moving into politics] for a while. I love what I do as an actor. I couldn't love it more. But probably from the time I was a kid, I really enjoyed that balance between the arts and public service. I went to a performing arts high school, but I still took a bunch of those dorky political science classes. It's probably because of the value system my grandparents instilled in me. They marched with Gandhi in the Indian independence movement, and that was always in the back of my head. So the past couple of years I thought about it a little more. And in '06 I started this international studies program at Stanford, where they actually let you do most of the course work online. So it was something I could do while I was acting. And I thought this might be the right time to go off and do something else. The ultimate irony, of course, is that I love being on House. There's not a smarter group of people that I've been surrounded by in television. So I thought about it for a very long time before I went and talked to David and Katie.
EW: What was that conversation like?
PENN: We had a very long discussion. And I remember David saying, "Are you telling me that you're unhappy with the show and that you want to leave so you can go off and do a different show?" And I was like, "Not at all. I'm actually saying the exact opposite, which is I'm having an incredible time, but there's something aching in me to do something completely different and take a break from the acting thing for a while." And with their blessing, we were able to work it out.
EW: Are you retiring from acting?
PENN: Not necessarily. Who's to say where any path leads? I still have a passion for it. But for the time being, I won't be acting.
EW: How did you react when you found out how they were writing Kutner out?
PENN: One of the things I love about our show is you never know what's going to happen. So that news struck me in the same way we hope it strikes the audience: there was a little bit of anger and some depression. You really go through those emotions, especially when somebody dies in that fashion. Ultimately, it was a really interesting choice for them to make. We don't really know why he did it, unless it's resolved in the episodes after [I left], which, of course, I'm not privy to anymore. At least in [last night's] episode, we don't really know why he did it. There's no note. There's no explanation. And as a testament to David and Katie, that's a huge risk. 'Cause it is going to make people upset, and it is going to piss off some of the audience. And, ultimately, in my opinion, that's what art really is -- when you can conjure up those kinds of emotions. And it's rare nowadays to be able to do that on network television, but they managed to.
EW: Were you disappointed that you didn't get to shoot the requisite good-bye scenes with your co-stars?
PENN: From my selfish perspective, you want one last scene with Hugh, you want one awesome bantering scene with Peter, you want something where you and Olivia [Wilde] are doing a diagnostic together. But I had known a couple weeks beforehand [that Kutner would just abruptly commit suicide], so I was conscious in previous episodes of, 'Okay, this is probably the last time I'm going to get to do a scene with Peter, and this is the last time I'm going to be on screen with Robert.' And, of course, we're all still really close friends, so I've seen them a ton of times since I stopped shooting.
EW: What were your emotions like on your last day?
PENN: It's always emotional when something incredible comes to an end. The feeling would have been very different if I was not enjoying myself, and if I didn't love the job. But because I loved the job and the character and the people I'm working with, I think bittersweet is the probably the best way to describe it. The contrast of knowing that I want to move on and do something completely different, with the incredibly violent and incredibly depressing thing that happens to my character... I think bittersweet is the only way to describe it.


Vicente Duque said...

Big Apple morphing into Clockwork Orange.

Five teens charged with hate crime in Sloatsburg, New York

Latinos living in fear of these coward terrorists

LoHud.com - New York's Lower Hudson Valley

By Suzan Clarke
April 4, 2009

Five Ramapo teens charged with hate crime

Some excerptgs :

SLOATSBURG - Five Ramapo teenagers were charged yesterday with a hate crime for allegedly punching and kicking a Hispanic teen while shouting "white power" during an outdoor party, Ramapo police said.

Michael Conklin, Benjamin Knowles and Michael Lorelli, all 17 and of Suffern; Michael Polloni, 17, of Sloatsburg; and Andrew Statham, 18, of Suffern, were arrested late Thursday and arraigned yesterday in Village Court on one count each of second-degree assault as a hate crime, a felony.

The 17-year-old male victim and the suspects were part of a larger group that had congregated in the woods at night on March 28 near the municipal water tower, Ramapo police Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said.

The suspects, who are white, allegedly used anti-Hispanic slurs.

"It escalated into a fight. As the defendants were assaulting the victim they were kicking him, punching him, yelling 'white power,' " Weidel said of the 11:45 p.m. incident.

"We have a very troubling pattern that seems to be emerging with the recent incident in Nanuet as well," he said, referring to a March 21 attack on a Latino cabdriver.

"It can't just be dismissed," Figueroa said of the Sloatsburg attack. "One of the tendencies very often is to say this is the foolishness of a handful of youth. I think one needs to look at the deeper meaning, the idea that somehow these are young people that were ingesting messages of us-versus-them, that somehow ... it is OK to victimize someone in this way, to engage in violence."


I continue my works to show that the Aryan Race Myths and the Anglo Saxon Race Myths are not supported by the last research in Genetics and Archeology.


Vicente Duque

Tamale Chica said...

This is off topic from your Kal Penn post but relevant in that he's also Asian American.

Did you see the article in the Houston Chronicle where a lawmaker wants Asian Americans to adopt non Asian names?

Asian Americans went through intense racism in the 1800's and 1900's, and because of the laws that prevented Asians from immigrating until the Exclusion Act was repealed, the US hasn't had large waves of immigrants from Asian countries until the past few decades.

Unfortunately, more non Gringo faces seems to be bringing out the inner racist in many more people.


Dee said...

That is awful.
These tactics are only prevalent in the Heartland and not in major cities that are more accustomed to multi cultural environments. It is a shame.

Tamale Chica said...

It's also one reason why Obama's election as President was so inspiring. He's the first President who has a grasp of urban issues in multicultural environments and has had friends, not acquaintences, of more ethnicities than many people might even know.

The Arizonian said...

Kumar for President?

Dee said...

Given his intelligence, sense of humor and caring about the issues, he may be a good candidate in 2016 or 2020.

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