Kal Penn makes smooth return to Hollywood

Kal Penn makes smooth return to Hollywood

November 3 - San Francisco Chronicle
By Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer

Kal Penn remembers it like it was yesterday. The last time he was on the set of a commercial was during the previous NBA lockout in 1998. It was a Nike ad starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Penn was supposed to be one of three guys who could play basketball, but Penn didn't actually have any game.

Luckily, he wasn't asked to really dribble during the audition. "The casting director's office was upstairs from this ad agency who complained about the bouncing balls all day," Penn recalled. "By the time I arrived at 4 p.m. to audition, they asked me to just pretend like I was playing ball and talk trash."

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