Harold & Kumar Predicted Occupy Wall Street

Dec 7, 2011
J. Webster
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Yes, Harold & Kumer’s new movie has shots of protesters in a Zuccotti Park like setting, even though the movie was shot over a year ago? How did that happen? Were you just too high while you were watching the movie and missed something? Maybe so. But actually the writers of the movie had the foresight to predict something like the Occupy Wall Street movement talking shape and its in the movie:

Filmgoers who’ve turned out to see “A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas” since it came out last weekend may have been struck by some unusually timely scenes.

Right at the front of the movie, John Cho’s Harold, who works in the New York financial world, can be seen in his office near a Wall Street protest. He’s then accosted by the protesters, who hurl names (and worse) at him after his assistant provokes them. (Harold holds his tongue — he’s one of those good-guy one-percenters.)

Um, how did a movie shot in the summer of 2010 anticipate a movement that began only in September?

“It’s sort of creepy, isn’t it?” Cho said.

Over lunch at a downtown restaurant, the actor said that the scenes were actually in a draft of Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg ‘s script that he read nearly two years ago. While the fallout from the financial crisis had already hit by that point, of course no one could have known it would take this shape.

“It’s the weirdest moment I’ve had will all three movies,” Cho said of the Occupy Wall Street scenes, adding, “I had sort of forgotten about it. And then we went into the screening maybe six weeks ago, and there was a bizarre moment in the room when we all kind of looked at each other.” (LA Times)

Yeah, if you’re not going out and seeing the new Harold & Kumar movie I understand. I know, I know, it’s more of a Netflix or DVD type rental.

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