Newsmakers

By Thomas, Devon; Mcadams-Mahmoud, Ayesha | Newsweek, August 9, 2004 | Go to article overview

Newsmakers


Thomas, Devon, Mcadams-Mahmoud, Ayesha, Newsweek


Byline: Devon Thomas, Ayesha Mcadams-Mahmoud

Q&A: Neil Patrick Harris

He's had an impressively varied career since his starmaking turn in "Doogie Howser, M.D." many years back; now Neil Patrick Harris turns in a scene-stealing cameo as himself in the outrageous new stoner comedy "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle." He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Devon Thomas.

How many White Castle burgers have you eaten at once?

I think I've maybe eaten one Slider in my whole life. I'm from L.A. by way of Albuquerque, and there aren't White Castles in either town. So I didn't grow up with them or anything, but I think I had one once in Jersey or Manhattan.

Did you like it?

Yes. Oh, boy. Contractually speaking, I've never had anything tastier in my life.

Is it a blessing to you that people still remember you, after all these years, as Doogie?

It's really out of my control. So if someone wants to say that, that's up to them.

Do you type diary entries into your computer like Doogie did?

Are you seriously asking me that question?

Yes.

No.

How was it playing yourself in "Harold and Kumar"?

It was surprisingly difficult. I didn't realize just how deep a person I really am. I thought it would be simple one-note shallowness, but I really sat with myself and interviewed myself for a while and found some interesting levels.

Lately you've been taking on darker, more serious roles. Are you making an effort to distance yourself from your TV past?

No, not at all. I'm just taking any roles that I can get that are interesting.

You were terrific in the Broadway show "Assassins." Ever thought about cutting an album?

No, not at all. My singing's only in the context of the show. No musician aspirations at all.

I heard that you like the Muppets. Would you ever sing on "Sesame Street"?

I love me some Muppets! I've always wanted to go on. If they'll have me that'll be fantastic.

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