Neil Patrick Harris in Out April 2014: I Won't Be Able To Play Someone Like Barney Again

Posted Wednesday March 12, 2014 8:05 AM GMT

With the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" set to air March 31, Neil Patrick Harris scored the cover of Out magazine's April 2014 issue.

While rocking a few poses for the David Bowie-inspired photo spread, the 40-year-old actor chatted about his well-known interest in magic and shared his thoughts about saying goodbye to his "HIMYM" character, Barney.

Highlights from Neil's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Out!

On "How I Met Your Mother":
"I won't ever be able to play someone like Barney again because he's so unique, but we had over 200 episodes. And my exclusivity deal is done with Fox. So finally I'll be able to do more porn."

On his first introduction to magic:
"I'll tell you a story that might explain the type of person I am. Back in the day you'd go to Universal Studio and groups would go from sound stage to sound stage. They'd pick volunteers to come up and join them for a bit - you know, 'We're going to green-screen you' or 'We'll suspend you in a wire and turn you sideways, and then when we put the camera sideways it will look like you can do magic tricks.' And I was the type of kid who would have volunteered to do just about anything. My hand was up very high for all of that. Not to be the center of attention - I just wanted to experience it."

On conquering his fears:
"I love being scared, walking through a field of maize in October with people jumping out and frightening me. I know they can't touch me and I like the experience of it - weirdly, I think hosting the Tony Awards is almost the same thing. I'm out there, it's live, something could go terribly wrong, but we have lots of outs and I have a teleprompter and we've already rehearsed everything. It's fun and a bit dangerous, but I know I'm going to be all right."

On his son Gideon:
"He asks 'Why?' now, for everything. We're very similar. It seems he wants to break things down and figure them out. We both have kind of the furrowed brow - we want to get to the core of things."

Photo Credit: Michael Muller for Out