In case you don’t follow Neil Patrick Harris on Twitter (or a myriad of other TV folks who retweeted him), here’s what you missed:
@therealNPH Eric Braeden is a D-Bag. the actor, (Robin’s dad) agreed to a cameo, then last nightbailed, saying the part wasn’t ‘substantial’ enough.
@therealNPH We’ve recast with Ray Wise, a fantastic actor who makes any part ‘substantial’. Super excited to welcome him to the family!
Sure smells like some bad blood between the cast and Eric Braeden! Unless you have no idea who he is, and you probably wouldn’t if you don’t watch soap operas, and The Young and The Restless in particular, he’s played Victor Newman since the dawn of time. Okay, since 1980, but it sure seems like the dawn of time.
Funny how people look down on soap operas in general and don’t think much of soap actors at all (well, those who stay on soaps their entire career), and he gets a part, however small, in one of the top rated programs and turns it down because it’s not meaty enough. Seems super bizarre to me.
The good news for How I Met Your Mother fans is that the role will now be played by Ray Wise who, frankly, brightens any screen he is on with his fabulous wit and line delivery. I haven’t even watched HIMYM for the last couple of years, but will definitely tune in to see him in the role.
The next exciting thing is to keep an eye out for is whether Braeden’s camp does any damage control, or if he just ignores the whole thing. Being called a douchebag for the world to see has to sting just a bit, don’t you think?
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