Late last month, three doctors were finally chosen to be part of House
's new medical team, and one of them was Dr. Lawrence Kutner, played by Kal Penn. Kutner, who, along with fellow doctors 13 (Olivia Wilde) and Taub (Peter Jacobsen), beat out 37 other candidates competing for the spots on the exclusive team, specializes in sports and rehabilitative medicine. He is also a risk taker, a quality that he shares with his new boss.
While being on House
has given Penn the opportunity to play a dynamic television character who has a “kind of fascination that a 10th grader would have in his science class,” it has also given him the chance to star alongside esteemed British actor, Hugh Laurie
“He's fantastic,” Kal Penn said of Laurie in an interview with The Record
. “He's so trained and so giving as an actor on the set, and he finds these great moments in every single scene.”
Penn's new role also has him constantly learning about difficult medical jargon, but the 30-year-old actor is not complaining.
“I actually view it as more of a great challenge,” he said. “I love learning about medicine. I love to learn about anything my characters are supposed to be doing... I'm used to having done movies or [stage shows], where you have the full script beforehand. In this case, you really learn as you go.”
While many know Penn as Kumar from the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
, he has also appeared in several other productions both on the big and small screens. He had a minor role on Superman Returns
, playing one of Lex Luthor's (Kevin Spacey) henchmen, and was Ryan Reynolds' bumbling right-hand man on Van Wilder
. He also had a guest-starring role on FOX's 24
, portraying a terrorist's ally named Ahmed Amar.
“It was awesome. I loved it,” Penn said of his brief 24
stint. “It's always a great challenge to play a character that is completely different from you.”
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-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Record
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