A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Neil Patrick Harris plays vile Count Olaf in the Netflix adaptation of the hit book series. We caught up with him to find out what it was like…
Neil, what separates this version from the 2004 movie? We were allowed the freedom of more time and each book is given two episodes. We have a two-hour movie per book. there are some really great scenes that you’ll appreciate. Were you a fan of the original Lemony Snicket series? i’ve become one. i hadn’t read them before. the show is in some ways funnier than the books. Is it liberating to play a bad character for the first time? it’s fun because i look nothing like myself. i could be as awful as i could possibly be. olaf is just horrible. it freed me up to be awful x 10. You look completely different in the show. How was the process? two hours of prosthetics every day. Usually you show up and focus on the scene straight away, but the make-up took so much time it became a meditation moment. it got challenging throughout the day as sweat happened and you have lots of people poking at your face all day. i used the annoyance of the process to help with the character. Were your kids terrified when they saw you in make-up? no, they weren’t. i’m a big fan of them having knowledge of the process. i made time lapse videos for them in the make-up room. it meant when i was Facetiming them they weren’t too freaked out. Is the show still funny even though it’s dark? definitely. i never approached this as a kids’ show at all.
Out now on Netflix
Neil Patrick Harris is unrecognisable as Count Olaf