Neil Patrick Harris says twins finally understand Christmas presents
Neil Patrick Harris may be up to no good in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," but the actor plans to have a very family-oriented Christmas with his twins.
"Christmas should be fun this year, our kids will be over a year, probably able to understand what it means to unwrap a present and have something be inside of it, that's going to be a new concept to them," Harris told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's premiere. "But the nice thing about having kids that young is that you don't have to travel, you can kind of force the family on the perimeter to come to you."
Harris and his life partner David Burtka have been together since about 2004 and welcomed twins Gideon and Harper via a surrogate in October 2010.
When asked where the twins were on the night of the premiere, Harris was quick to joke, "The twins! They're in the limo, do you think they'll be all right? We didn't have car seats this time, so they're just kind of rolling around. Fingers crossed!"
In the third installment of the stoner comedy, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have grown apart and started their own families. But when Kumar shows up on Harold's doorstep and inadvertently burns down his father-in-law's Christmas tree, the two set out on an another ill-advised adventure to find the perfect replacement.
Neil Patrick Harris returned to the franchise to reprise his character Neil Patrick Harris, a drug-addicted, womanizing version of himself. Burtka also appears in the film as a character named David Burtka.
"We're not married yet, but some day. It's great [starring with him in this movie], David's awesome," Harris said. "He's a funny, talented actor so it's fun to do stuff with him. We've done benefits and sung songs before, but to act together was kind of a hoot."
Harris, who rose to fame playing teen doctor Doogie Howser and currently stars in the CBS series "How I Met Your Mother," recently received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
The 38-year-old actor's breakout role came in 1989, when he began playing the title role of a teenage prodigy working as a medical doctor in the drama series "Doogie Howser." The show ran for four seasons and ended in 1993.
Throughout the 1990s, Harris starred in several television movies and shows, including in an episode of the sitcom "Will & Grace." He appeared opposite "Monk" star Tony Shaloub on the short-lived sitcom "Stark Raving Mad," which debuted in 1999 and aired one season.
Harris later played himself in the 2004 comedy film "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." He also starred in its 2008 sequel, "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay."
In the last installment of the franchise, Harris was shot in the chest and some fans might be under the impression that his character died.
"If you saw through the credits of the second one, I revived. Cause honestly, three shotgun blasts to the chest? Is that gonna take me down? Do you know how much crack cocaine Neil Patrick Harris in this movie smokes?"
Harris' career had a resurgence with "How I Met Your Mother," where Harris plays party-loving Barney Stinson, known for the catchphrase, "Legen...dary." Harris has starred in the show, which depicts a group of zany friends, since it debuted in 2005. The series has earned the actor four Emmy nominations, including one this year.
Harris has won two Emmys in the past. Last year, he received one for a guest performance on the FOX musical comedy series "Glee" and shared another Emmy with the producers of the 2009 Tony Awards, which he hosted and which won the award for Outstanding Special Class Programs. Harris also hosted the 2011 Tony Awards as well as the 2009 Emmys.
"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" hit theaters on November 4, watch a trailer below.
Reporting by Chez Starbuck of 'Live Big With Ali Vincent,' which is produced by KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).