An actor who has been a familiar face to television viewers for years reportedly asked "American Horror Story: Freak Show" co-creator Ryan Murphy for a role on the show … and apparently got the part.
The actor, Variety reports, is Neil Patrick Harris, who was Doogie Howser, M.D., in the early 1990s before becoming better-known as Barney on "How I Met Your Mother" and as a frequent and much-loved host of the Tony Awards.
The report quotes Harris saying on EW Radio: “I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn’t even available to be in it. To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch. Can’t wait!”
Harris reportedly will appear during the upcoming season of the FX series, after Murphy gave him the go-ahead on Twitter.
The report notes: “'How I Met Your Mother' has taken its final bow and Harris will be departing his Tony-winning Broadway musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Aug. 17 so his schedule may have room for another project."
The new "Freak Show" season of “AHS” will reportedly include returning cast members Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett. The season is set for a fall 2014 premiere.