The Strange Reason Neil Patrick Harris Said No To American Horror Story
Neil Patrick Harris has had a pretty huge run in recent years, starring in a variety of TV programs and movies, including The Smurfs 2, How I Met Your Mother, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and most recently, Gone Girl. However, there was one opportunity where the actor definitely missed the mark. Harris says that he and his husband, David Burtka, were asked to play a couple in American Horror Story: Murder House, but he put his foot down to say no.
According to Harris, he and Burtka had recently appeared in in A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D. In the movie, they played a pretty fucked up couple. Burtka’s a drug dealer and both are pretending to be gay and just fighting and bickering constantly. Harris tells EW that the role didn’t seem to be a good idea at the time, because it would have required himself and Burtka to play another unhappy couple. Here’s how he and Burtka ended up turning down American Horror Story: Murder House.
That first season on the air, American Horror Story was a hit, so much so that Ryan Murphy decided to rework the series in order to keep the same basic horror idea and write totally different storylines and characters each season. Burtka and Harris’ ultimate refusal to appear on American Horror Story ended up opening the roles for Teddy Sears and Zachary Quinto, the latter of which went on to take a role in American Horror Story: Asylum, as well. In fact, a large percentage of the actors working on American Horror Story have returned for multiple seasons, which would have been a great deal for Burtka, who didn’t have a large TV gig like Harris had with How I Met Your Mother at the time.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for the two guys, but since American Horror Story’s latest season, Freak Show, seems to be proving the show is not dipping in quality or viewership in the least, perhaps Murphy will find room for the guys down the road. In the meantime, you can catch the incredible and large ensemble cast Ryan Murphy has put together this season when American Horror Story: Freak Show airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
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