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…

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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

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