Neil Patrick Harris is a box office name. Do you know the kind of fame that just a mention of your name guarantees that a movie is going to be a blockbuster? Yes, Neil has it. And if you have been keeping track, you may remember that he shot to popularity right after his iconic role in Harold & Kumar. But did you know that the now Screen Actors Guild Awards winner was almost going to pass on the role that made him as iconic as he is today? Keep on reading to know the interesting tale of how Neil Patrick Harris came to meet the role that reinvented his career.
How Neil Patrick Harris reinvented celebrity cameos in the 21st century
The 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go To The White Castle became iconic just like Neil Patrick Harris’ cameo in it. While cameos by celebrities in movies were nothing new during that time, no one had done it like Harris. He played a comical and more extra version of himself in Harold & Kumar Go To The White House.
In an interview, Neil talked about how after doing Doggie Howser he almost passed on the cameo. Furthermore, he expressed how he felt nervous and confused because he didn’t want to ruin his image for the audience. Therefore, he called up his agent and had a thorough laugh after he read the script. Just to be careful, he made sure to put in his contract that he cannot be the subject of any jokes without his permission.
When the audience saw what this man can do, they had no doubts left about Neil Patrick Harris as an actor. Furthermore, the cameo role helped him create an impressive portfolio for How I Met Your Mother. This friend is how Neil Patrick Harris reinvented celebrity cameos in the 21st century. Harris has set the trend of celebrities playing the jerk version of themselves. And fans will forever be grateful for that.
The actor has since then won prestigious awards such as Tony Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards and was nominated for Grammy Awards.
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