'Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay'

<i>By Ron Magid, Special to the Times</i><br>
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How do you make the United States' most controversial prison funny?<br>
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Do nothing, says Tony Fanning, production designer for the stoner comedy sequel, "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay." "I consciously stayed away from anything I thought was hokey," says Fanning, whose eclectic credits include theater and such high-tech films as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB004042" title="Robert Zemeckis" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/robert-zemeckis-PECLB004042.topic">Robert Zemeckis</a>' "Polar Express" and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB003751" title="Steven Spielberg" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/steven-spielberg-PECLB003751.topic">Steven Spielberg</a>'s "War of the Worlds." "The more believable it is, the funnier things are."

( Jaimie Trueblood / New Line Cinema )

By Ron Magid, Special to the Times

How do you make the United States' most controversial prison funny?

Do nothing, says Tony Fanning, production designer for the stoner comedy sequel, "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay." "I consciously stayed away from anything I thought was hokey," says Fanning, whose eclectic credits include theater and such high-tech films as Robert Zemeckis' "Polar Express" and Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds." "The more believable it is, the funnier things are."

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