Sooner or later, every South Asian actor gets mistaken for Kal Penn.
Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern made an embarrassing error in a review for the movie Lion in Friday’s newspaper, when he confused Dev Patel with Kal Penn.
Both actors are of Indian descent, but their careers have been very different. Patel, 26, who plays Saroo Brierley in Lion, is British, while Penn, 39, was born in New Jersey.
In his review, Morgenstern says that Lion is Patel’s “richest performance” since 2006’s The Namesake. But Patel, the star of Slumdog Millionaire, wasn’t in that film directed by Mira Nair. The part was played by Penn, whose other credits include the Harold and Kumar movies, House and How I Met Your Mother.
Read more at Variety: Wall Street Journal Movie Critic Mistakes Dev Patel for Kal Penn