Neil Patrick Harris is a jack of all trades — severe actor (“Gone Woman”), comedian reduction (“How I Met Your Mom”), Broadway star, TV host and creator.
He’s additionally the star of “A Collection of Unlucky Occasions,” again on Netflix for its second season in monitoring the scheming, oft-disguised Depend Olaf (Harris) and his pursuit of the orphaned Baudelaire siblings (he desires to get his grasping fingers on their sizable inheritance).
“I like with the ability to not be recognized for only one sort of factor,” says Harris, 44. “In making an attempt to craft a profession of longevity, you wish to attempt to not be the go-to man for only one particular taste.”
“A Collection of Unlucky Occasions,” based mostly on the best-selling e-book collection of the identical title, is a mixture of Tim Burton’s darkish whimsy and Wes Anderson’s retro visuals. It additionally has a particular finish date, which is simply advantageous with Harris. “That is solely three seasons lengthy; we’re not hoping this has as many seasons as attainable,” he says. “We’re making a singular piece of artwork that can hopefully final and be revered the identical method the books did.”
Every season follows the three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny (Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith) as they’re shuffled between guardians and attempt to escape Depend Olaf’s evil clutches.
Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Violet (Malina Weissman)Joseph Lederer / NetflixThe 10-episode season is crammed with obscure references and irreverent humor — however for the reason that Baudelaires are youngsters, it has extensive viewers enchantment. “What I feel is enjoyable to do, as I become older and our youngsters become older, is to attempt to create content material for those who everybody can watch, and ideally nobody feels slighted,” says Harris, referring to the 7-year-old twins (Gideon and Harper) he has with husband, David Burtka.
“Children aren’t watching an grownup present feeling like they shouldn’t be watching it, and adults aren’t watching a child present the place they really feel prefer it’s been dumbed down for them,” he says. “In the identical smart way that Jim Henson was in a position to do this with ‘The Muppets,’ it’s enjoyable to create content material that may hit each demographics authentically.”
Though Harris’ performing profession has been prolific, “A Collection of Unlucky Occasions” is without doubt one of the few reveals he’s additionally produced, which signifies that he’s intricately concerned behind the scenes.
“So I’m capable of give opinions about casting decisions or have a look at scripts with out it simply being a hole empty narcissistic-actor rant,” he says. “It’s enjoyable to have pleasure and possession in one thing on a private stage — caring extra in regards to the finish product as a complete than about how my explicit piece suits in.”
Despite the fact that he’s loved the prospect to be in a present his youngsters can watch, Harris says his private preferences are everywhere in the map, usually skewing towards the sudden. “In my actual life I’ve a reasonably darkish and acerbic humorousness. I’ve all the time been drawn to Grimm’s fairy tales versus basic fairy tales with a contented ending,” says Harris, who references his position in “Gone Woman” (his character is viciously murdered). “I like questioning what [a story] goes to be. I just like the ‘Gone Woman’ mentality the place it looks as if a romance after which somebody will get their throat slit.”