Neil Patrick Harris Joining ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’?

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From his days as Doogie HowserM.D. to his role on the recently ended How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris has been a welcome presence on television for years now. While his film roles have not necessarily been standouts, he recently co-starred in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West and will play a pivotal character in David Fincher’s upcoming Gone Girl.

It’s unclear what’s next for Harris when it comes to TV, but if he has his way, he might be joining the cast of one of television’s most acclaimed – and disturbing – shows. The Wrap reports that while speaking to EW Radio, Harris said he had personally contacted Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story: Freak Show,asking for a role in FX’s anthology horror series.

According to Harris:

“I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn’t even available to be in it. To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch. Can’t wait!”

As it happens, Ryan Murphy sounds open to the idea. On Friday, Murphy tweeted the following:

The fan-made - but impressive – trailer for Freak Show aside, we’ve been getting steady official details on the popular show’s fourth season for quite some time now. Series regular Jessica Lange is once again returning, as are season 3 stars Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates, along with Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and new additions like Michael Chiklis.

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Given the all-around talents of Neil Patrick Harris – he’s known for comedy, but he’s also a song-and-dance man, having hosted the Tony Awards (and won one in the past) and whose dramatic chops are good enough to land him a role with the famously demanding David Fincher – the actor would likely fit right in on American Horror Story.

The big question is just what role Murphy could be referring to. We know some specifics about Lange’s role as “a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.,” and we’ve seen that Sarah Paulson will play conjoined twins Bette and Dot, but given Freak Show‘s setting and time period, there are likely any number of freak roles available (including that of a rumored killer clown).

None of this is official by any means, and we’ve seen other thespians publicly vie for a role in AHS (such as Glee‘s Lea Michelle), but it definitely sounds like Ryan Murphy warmed to the idea of having Harris aboard. The actor claimed that he was all booked up, but stay tuned for more details.

Are you looking forward to AHS season 4, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.


American Horror Story: Freak Show will air on FX in the fall of 2014.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. I’m not a fan of him in the least, so its a resounding no from me. Hopefully he doesn’t get the role.

    • I’m a fan of his and I also don’t want him to get the role.

      • There’s something about him that would take me out of the show. I’d see the annoying NPH instead of the character he is playing.

        • I’d honestly see the awesome NPH and wonder what on Earth he, Chiklis, Rabe and Lange are doing on a terrible show (terrible based on seasons 1 and 3 being horrendously bad).

          • I rather enjoyed 1 & 3 with 2 being the weak spot. It was good, but it was lacking. Seems like you and I are two sides of a coin.

            • Although I liked Season 1, I also felt Season 2 was the worst, as it was tremendously convoluted and contrived, and Season 3 was not much better. After watching Penny Dreadful, however, I realized just how bad this show is, although there are some very good performances in it, particularly from Jessica Lange. This will likely be the last season for me, since Lange is leaving at the end, but I may leave sooner, depending on the quality of the first few episodes.

  2. I’m very excited for the new season. Last season was good but not great. It was definitely twisted and disturbing with a good story to be sure, but I just didn’t find it SCARY. So I’m hoping that season 4 really brings back that horror that the first two seasons had. In terms of Neil Patrick Harris, it would be interesting, to say the least. Could be good, could be horrifying (and not in the good way). There have been a lot of unexpected actors in the past seasons that I thought were strange, but turned out great. So we’ll see.

  3. It’s gonna be horr-wait for it-rific.

    • ha ha :)

  4. lol… he can ask to be on anything and gets it XD

    season 1 was the scariest. season 2 was the best and season 3 was all over the place. they really dropped the ball with the witch stuff. it could have been amazing but they kept changing direction. they should have just kept the feud with the voodoo people honestly.

    this has the potential to be the best. the freak show theme alone makes it scary lol. i just wonder what the over arching story is going to be like. hope they have a direction they wanna go and stick to it unlike season 3

  5. i want them to have aliens but they be the focus instead of the cameo stuff in S2. but that would likely be another season since i dont think they will do that on S4. i have a feeling they will go supernatural again but instead of ghosts it will be demons on freak show.

  6. I’m not sure I like the idea, since I don’t feel he fits the tone of AHS well. Although, I don’t see how Michael Chiklis does either, and that casting would have put me on edge straight away if not for the fact that I hated Emma Roberts being cast in season 3 right up until I watched it as she was excellent. I’ll put my trust in the creators to know who will do well on the show, although I hold my reservations about NPH being included. He would bring in some new viewers potentially given his popularity though.

  7. Did anyone else realize that he asked to be in and wasn’t asked by the show? Doesn’t seem as tho they initially wanted him.
    That said, i don’t mind him being in it as he is decent enough an actor. I just hope this show gets back to the greatness of S1

    • Not that surprising when you think about it. How many actors can the creators try to recruit? The idea of the actor recruiting the show, probably happens more than we realize.

      You’re right that the first season was the best. Season 2 had too many plot holes, and was more of an attempt to gross us out. I did enjoy season 3, but felt they had waaay too many storylines going, and few of them had satisfactory resolutions.

      As for Jessica Lange…I’m in the minority. While I have loved her as an actress since her stunning performance in ‘Frances’, I don’t believe the show will suffer. As a matter of fact, I would prefer to see more new faces, and less of the old ones. Having said that, I do hope they utilize the underrated (and in season 3…underused) Evan Peters to better effect this time.