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Neil Patrick Harris


American actor of the stage and screen, singer and dancer.
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Neil Patrick Harris
Playing gay in the theater is more fulfilling than on film because you can create a whole character and a backstory and you get to chip away at something over a long period of time. When youíre acting on film you sort of have one afternoon in front of a crew to just do it. And you donít want to then be too overt and like that stereotype. But when I was doing A Paris Letter with Josh [Radnor], I was playing someone overtly flamboyant from the í60s seducing him, and if I did that on film, I think it would look like I was acting too hard. Itís one of the fun things one wants to do as an actor, to play the flamboyant gay guy. But when you are gay that ends up being offensive to people. Say I was asked to play a flamboyant steward in an Airplane!Ėtype farce. It would be a difficult decision to say yes to that role at this point because a lot of people would accuse me of making a mockery of gay people.
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My job is jester -- not advocate. Iím on a situation comedy responding to [Josh Radnorís character] Ted Mosby and his wacky adventures -- thatís my job right now. If people want to comment about where I go to dinner, they are welcome to, but itís not my job to respond to those statements. The Internet stuff threw me for a loop because I didnít understand where the vitriol was coming from. I thought I had been representing well, and in turn it seemed like I was quickly condemned to step to the plate, and I was fine with that.
Harris
[on being LGBT in show business] People in the business are equally as terrified now -- but I really find it a personal thing. And maybe Iím at the end of that era. I wouldnít even want to stereotype todayís generation. But the majority of the casting departments are gay, and a lot of the executives are. I think itís a matter of your abilities and how you carry yourself -- I donít behave any differently toward you right now than when I am with David [Burtka, his boyfriend] in our apartment, watching "American Idol." OK, "So You Think You Can Dance." [Laughs] I can see why an agent wouldnít want to sign on a real overtly effeminate male actor -- not because I have an aversion to them but because agents might know it limits their job opportunities.




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