Neil Patrick Harris Says He Is “Awful” in Lemony Snicket’s Count Olaf Role
It has been twelve years since Jim Carrey starred as Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and now Neil Patrick Harris is reprising the role in Netflix’s upcoming series revival of the best selling books.
The How I Met Your Mother star transforms into the devious criminal and says he’s thrilled to be playing a “truly awful” character.
Netflix’s adaptation sees Harris shine as the murderous Olaf, set on seizing the inheritance of the three orphaned Baudelaire children.
“Realistically, he has to be truly awful for the kids to be that threatened by him, and yet this is a show that’s playing to teenagers as well as adults,” Harris revealed, adding that author David Handler himself confirmed that there’s no layer of niceness to the antagonist at all. “He’s just awful,” the 43-year-old actor said.
“It’s fun because as a bad guy in this I also look nothing like myself … I could be as awful as I could possibly be.
“Since Olaf is just horrible, it freed me up to just be awful times 10. So it was super fun,” he added. “I was just awful. Awful, awful, awful.”
Slipping into character was a lengthy process, with Neil revealing that it took more than two-and-a-half hours each morning during filming for makeup artists to master the prosthetics.
The eight-episode Netflix event, also starring Patrick Warburton and Joan Cusack, premieres on January 13.
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