Hot Nerd Mancrush #2: Neil Patrick HarrisThursday, October 22nd, 2009
When I asked ThatCostumeGirl whether or not it was weird that I was picking an openly gay man for one of my mancrushes, she gave me the perfect response. She huffed, rolled her eyes, and left the room. Pretty appropriate response, I thought. So, here he is, scene stealer and hot nerd mancrush: Neil Patrick Harris!
NPH was born in New Mexico in 1973. Now, I’ve only ever flown over New Mexico, but I’ll say this. There should probably be a statue to the awesomeness that is Mr. Harris on the very spot he was born. You know…like in Rocky. That way, whenever he feels down, he can drive up and chuck a motorcycle helmet at it dramatically. The first film he turns up in is the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle Clara’s Heart. It would be the next year, however, that he was ceremoniously dropped in our laps, so to speak, as the young doctor wunderkind Doogie Howser, MD. Like many others, this was my introduction to Neil Patrick Harris, but beyond that…what a great show this was! You got to see a fully credentialed doctor grow up in front of you! We saw him lose his virginity, save some lives, and give his girlfriend a pelvic exam! He was living the dream, man! The dream! (Okay, that’s not the dream, nor should it ever be…but, it was a cool show.)
After that, Neil removes himself from the public eye a bit. He finishes high school in California, and goes to hone his craft (shit…I can’t believe I just typed that…forgive me english language…And Neil!) onstage. Most fantastic was his performace in Rent, in 1997, something he is still remembered for today! He returned to the bigscreen to play Commander Carl in Starship Troopers, damn near stealing the entire show from the principles. The principles being huge CGI bugs that were “AFRAID!!!” of Carl. He had very little screen time in the movie Undercover Brother (Seeing him once again with his Starship Troopers costar Denise Richards), but he damn near takes the entire show. Honestly…did you ever think in your life you’d see Neil Patrick Harris crush someone’s skull? I didn’t, but, thank you Undercover Brother. Thank you for providing me with the oppurtunity!
The man has done so many things throughout his career, and done them all so well, that’s it’s hard not to have a mancrush on him, truly. He was the voice of Peter Parker in Spider-Man. He played…well, Neil Patrick Harris (honestly, check the credits. It doesn’t say Himself, as most credits would…it says Neil Patrick Harris, and on IMDb, is credited with an entirely new character named after him.) in both Harold and Kumar films, and robs the movies from the title characters! He was on Sesame Street….okay, it was as a shoe fairy, but it was still awesome! And, speaking of awesome, let’s get to the big two, shall we?
In 2005, How I Met Your Mother premiered, and introduced the world to Barney Stinson. Man’s man, ladies’ man…tailor’s man. With his custom tailored suits and penchant for casual sex and awesomeness he became a role model to several impressionable young men. Granted, they probably haven’t all lived that long after adopting his lifestyle, but I bet they all had fun going down. And, of course, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog. With his heartbreaking portrayal of a young supervillain in love, Neil manages to sneak off with the show from spotlight hog Nathan Fillion before all is said and done.
In the end, I guess you could say he’s a mancrush because I’m just so damned jealous of the man. First off, he looks the way he looks! He sings the way he sings, and he acts the way he acts. He’s not in the least afraid to make fun of himself as he has on SNL and HIMYM. Throw in the fact that he’s been in a stable relationship with the same person for several years now, and yes, he can proudly say “I’m the guy all the girls want…and all the guys too!”
Also, of note, and I’ll post video for it below, on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, he’s playing a villain called The Music Meister, and while I’ve always been impressed with his singing (I mean, come on…how many award shows did he host last year? And he sang at least one song for all of them!) I’ve never been more impressed with his range and vocal acrobatics as I have been in this role.
So, there it is. I’m straight, and I’ll fully admit to having a big crush on Neil Patrick Harris. The question you should ask yourself is…why don’t you?