Neil Patrick Harris worked too hard at getting lean to let his physique stay clothed.
On the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, the 40-year-old actor wears nothing but a bow tie and a very strategically placed top hat.
“He’s so skinny, and I think that really gives him power,” Harris’ fiancé, David Burtka, tells the magazine, which notes that Harris slimmed down enough to acquire an eight-pack. “His body is crazy right now.”
The reason for the “How I Met Your Mother” star’s effort is his new role as Hedwig in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” The physical aspect is just a small part of Harris’ performance, as he also has to convincingly portray the feminine aspects of the transgender glam rocker.
“I have always been highly aware of how I was presenting myself,” Harris admits. “Which, now that I’m playing overtly feminine and loving it, is kind of a stupid concern.”
The actor’s fiancé has been just as impressed with Harris’ talent as critics.
“I didn’t think he could pull off the femininity of [the role],” Burtka says. “This is such a stretch for him. In his day-to-day, he’s not a very feminine guy.”AlertMe