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Neil Patrick Harris 'curses out' woman at Broadway play

Neil Patrick Harris Curses Out Fan At Broadway Show

Theatergoers at a Broadway play got some unscripted dialogue this week when actor Neil Patrick Harris cursed out a woman for talking during his show, Hedwig And The Angry Inch.

According to the New York Post, an audience member called out "I love you, Neil!" To which the 40-year-old replied, "I'm doing something up here, ­motherf**ker!"

It should be pointed out that Harris, who plays a transgender german punk, never got out of character and that the How I Met Your Mother star didn't stop the show to berate the woman. The site Gossip Cop calls out the media for blowing the whole ordeal out of proportion, noting that the show is highly improvised and embraces audience interaction.

A rep for Harris confirmed that the story has been inflated saying, "It was all done in good fun, and fully in the context of the show. The audience went crazy and it really was a light-hearted moment..."

Hedwig And The Angry Inch is currently in previews, and officially opens on Broadway on April 22nd.

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lindsey April 21 2014 at 4:01 PM

LOVE NPH! Hilarious!

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wnagle53 April 21 2014 at 5:58 PM

sorry, I meant this sounds like a SHOW

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galirora April 22 2014 at 12:27 AM

"The site Gossip Cop calls out the media for blowing the whole ordeal out of proportion"

You mean, like, the fact that this article even exists?

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Janet April 22 2014 at 12:39 AM

Wonder if this was a plant - sure causing a lot of talk about this play

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astin827 Janet April 22 2014 at 7:23 AM

hadnt thought of that------good observation----free publicity for an awful play----------what a concept !

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dhpuppet astin827 April 22 2014 at 9:06 AM

Have you seen the show , If not how do you know it's awful?

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cassynightingale April 21 2014 at 8:28 PM

not funny

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Hennessy cassynightingale April 21 2014 at 10:11 PM

Nah he is funny in a parody of a human sense. Even when Bklyn11235 was in school he had no class.

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Paul April 21 2014 at 8:07 PM

Why is this news? People are using foul language in public more and more with less and less consideration for those who are forced to hear it. Another area where 'freedom of speech' has become 'freedom to be an idiot', or 'freedom to be selfish'.

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ChingOW Mango April 22 2014 at 12:24 AM

I have been going to Broadway (and Off B'way) for over 40 years and I have saved all my programs! Every once in awhile while watching a show - during a really intense and quiet moment - I would think - what in the world stops someone from yelling out at this special moment - stops them from running up to the stage etc. It really is amazing how well behaved people actually are at a play.

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proteus12544 ChingOW Mango April 22 2014 at 4:12 AM

I have noticed that same thing. Sadly that is slowly changing as a new generation fills the seats. Respect is not a word in their vocabulary.

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jfmurr3 ChingOW Mango April 22 2014 at 8:43 AM

The woman is an idiot. One does not yell in the theater!!! Period!!

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Carol April 22 2014 at 11:58 AM

It is his fans who keep him working. Fans yell out all the time at fan award shows or concerts. A performer with class would have just smiled and gone on, or ignored it all together. Cursing just shows how ungrateful he is toward his fans.

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James Carol April 22 2014 at 1:01 PM

Or it showed his ability to work it into the performance, as the article says. Even if it were an ordinary performance with no audience interaction, it's not considered admiration when an audience member shouts during a performance; it's considered extremely rude, no matter how sweet the words are. In that situation, the actor ignores the disturbance (he/she doesn't break character and "smile") leaving it to the management to remove the offender from the audience.

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naru's # 1 fan April 21 2014 at 10:07 PM

I like how no one took note of the fact that the play takes into consideration audience interaction and he's supposed to be this "German transgender punk." This is blown out of proportions. What did she expect in a scenario like that? For him to stop the whole play and his acting to say "aww thank you hun" and then continue? Maybe if he had a more mild character. Maybe he should have toned it down, I'll agree on that, but other than that, this is blown out of proportion.

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joe.blow915 naru's # 1 fan April 21 2014 at 10:12 PM

I'm sure he likes to blow( blown) things out of proportion

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thedoo319 joe.blow915 April 21 2014 at 11:09 PM

really? what an odd comment from one with that name

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Hennessy April 21 2014 at 10:06 PM

Even though I hate the idea of NPH as Hedwig he was actually responding in the Hedwig character to the woman. It actually worked & surprised & won over the crowd. Have to give NPH kudos on that though I just am not a fan-it was apt & quick witted.

Now there are many people commenting on here who are totally clueless to the play's character and how he was responding as that character and not NPH. But that won't stop them from going off on incorrect, dated or bigoted tandems. The commenters here are often antediluvian hoots and a sociology class all at once. Their answers entertain me so. Many probably remember seeing Ted Mack & Uncle Miltie live. Bless their extreme longevity if nothing else.

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cact25 Hennessy April 21 2014 at 10:12 PM

A response was not necessary.

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jeniferferreyra cact25 April 21 2014 at 10:25 PM

Definitely was harsh, although if the play was in fact audience interaction and he was playing a German Transgender Punk, in all common sense, If you wanted a nice reply, that was not the time. But I agree it was harsher than it needed to be.

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Kenny cact25 April 21 2014 at 10:52 PM

yes it was............... quiet in the theater

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edsaysok Hennessy April 22 2014 at 5:53 AM

Hennessy, Thank You! There seems to be an over abundance of stupidity on display in this thread. Your response made my day!

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