NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 04: Neil Patrick Harris poses at the Opening Night Gala for the Encores production of "Into The Woods" at New York City Center on May 4, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
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Neil Patrick
Harris Agreed To
Be In Harold &
Kumar Under One
One of the most iconic elements of "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" was the gut-busting supporting turn from established actor Neil Patrick Harris. A silly version of a major '90s TV star was a welcome surprise for audiences, however, Harris only agreed to play himself in the movie with one stipulation firmly in mind.
Harris wanted to make fun of himself and decided he'd rather play himself than have someone else portraying him. "My only demand was that I would sign up, and then they wouldn't then rewrite it and change it," said Harris, adding, "Because as much as I want to take the p*** out of myself, I still want to respect the work."
It's admirable of Harris that he had no problem with taking himself down a peg in a major comedy film — fans will recall that the movie portrays the actor as a drug-fueled maniac and car thief. Considering the resurgence in his career that eventually followed, it would seem that Harris got more than just a bit of fun and a paycheck out of the movie after all.