According to EW.com, Neil Patrick Harris has landed roles in two films. He will be occupying the role of a father in the indie comedy Best co-starring the incredible Amy Sedaris. NPH will also have a supposting role in Beastly a modern take on Beauty and the Beast. The film will also star Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Vanessa Hudgens.
Yeah, this could be a love letter. However, I’m married, and Neil is gay, so that makes a love letter, well, complicated. Don’t get me wrong, if I ever had the opportunity to give Neil a gigantic bear hug, I’d giggle like a 9 year-old school girl. Nonetheless, I’m a grownup and Neil is a professional. I’m sticking to a letter of respect. He’s listed this week in Out.com’s Power 50 and recently won a Streamy and an A-List award. So here, listed in no particular order, are some of the reasons (besides Dr. Horrible) I believe Neil Patrick Harris to be a fine human being.
Theatre Work I was a girl when “Doogie Howser, MD” was on the air. I noticed something special about him then. Aside from New Kids on the Block, I only had eyes for Neil. As I grew older, so too did Neil. Though he had many television appearances and voice acting gigs after Doogie, he was largely out of the public eye. He spent a good chunk of his time away from our television sets on the stage. As passionate as I am about the Whedon universe, I am even more so about the theatre. Having listened to several recordings of Neil’s musical roles (Assassins, Sweeney Todd), my admiration of Neil as a professional performer has grown exponentially. This summer he returns to the stage in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Thank Dionysus!
Coming Out I just think the way that Neil acknowledged his sexuality publicly was so classy. He answers all questions posed about his relationship with partner David Burtka respectfully and tastefully. ‘Nuff said.
He Does Magic! Okay, I’ve never been a big fan of magicians. Frankly, they kinda creep me out. When Neil does magic, though, there are no wind machines, sparkles or girls in sequins. He’s relaxed and natural. I can get behind that kind of magic.
Let me be clear: comedy is hard. If there is a natural talent that exists for comedy, Neil has it. I do believe that he also works very hard to be funny. I think as he has matured, Neil’s comedy skill has also become more powerful. He has a very natural sense of humour, probably because he is so comfortable in his own skin.
Aside from the obvious evidence in Dr. Horrible, Neil has sung in several different situations. The strongest showing for me is his work on Sondheim musicals. Sondheim writes some of the most difficult music out there for singers, and Neil vocalizes it with such grace it is astounding.
He has supported charities for AIDS, Cancer, Children, Creative Arts, Depression and Suicide, Education, Gay/Lesbian Support, Health, Homelessness and Hunger. You know, to name a few.
I could go on, but I’ve babbled long enough. I must rest. Or play Wii. Either way, I’ll be thinking about a much more shallow reason to appreciate NPH 😉
The first annual Streamy (not steamy Joss) was a star-studded event with a level of professionalism not seen for web series in the past. Whedon fans who have been following the success of Dr. Horrible won’t be surprised that it seems that main stream is starting to understand the value and importance of the web industry. To hear more of my thoughts about that check out the post I did on Social Media World.
Whedon fans will be happy to know not only did Felicia Day, Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Neil Patrick Harris and Jane Espenson make off with awards, they also hit a huge nerve with the rest of their peers. My favorite was Blake Calhoun, who won best directing for a dramatic series for his show Pink, who said in his acceptance speech, “thank goodness The Guild or Dr. Horrible wasn’t in this category.” And John Stern, who accepted best guest star for Paul Rudd called the Streamys, “the first Dr. Horrible Awards.”
So what did our Whedonverse Alumns (and Joss) win?