A lot of actors out there probably wouldn’t be able to pull off getting a part in a TV show over social media but hey, when you’re Neil Patrick Harris, anything is possible. After his first attempt didn’t yield any results, it appears he may have wangled himself a part on the upcoming season of American Horror Story.
The 41-year-old How I Met Your Mother alum talked to Entertainment Weekly Radio last week about wanting to host a variety show and mentioned always being interested in weirder programs like The Gong Show when he was younger. He also told Mario Correa about loving magic, the circus, and “crazy, random freak show stuff” at the state fair in his home state of New Mexico.
Naturally, that brought up the topic of AHS and its new Freak Show theme. Harris said he was a fan of the anthology series, calling last year’s Coven “fantastic,” and revealed that he had written a letter to executive producer Ryan Murphy asking if he could be in the new season, despite not even being available to be in it.
Harris added that he never got a response to the letter but never fear, for Murphy has made up for it. Murphy tweeted to Harris on Friday, telling him “of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you’d love.” That doesn’t mean a guest spot is a done deal given Harris’ schedule, of course, but it was certainly enough to excite fans of both him and the show at the prospect. If you’re wondering whether Harris has the chops to pull off a turn in the dark series, don’t forget that he’s playing a “creepy” character with an agenda in the upcoming film adaptation of “Gone Girl.”
E! News also notes on Monday that we can expect the new season of AHS to be a bit campy like we saw last year. In fact, FX CEO John Landgraf calls Freak Show a mix between Asylum and Coven, adding that there’s “a little bit more humor and camp, but it has a brooding, period feel to it also."
Freak Show recently started filming and is set to premiere in October. The new season will feature Jessica Lange in her final AHS role as a German expat running a freak show in 1950s Florida. A bevy of familiar faces from the last three season will also reappear, including Sarah Paulson (starring as a set of conjoined twins), Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy, among others.