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It looks like it will be another mostly-naked cover for Rolling Stone this month — but this time it’s Neil Patrick Harris. The former How I Met Your Mother star appears on the May issue of the magazine in nothing but a bow tie and carefully placed top hat.
Harris is no stranger to shock and awe, especially lately. The actor is currently starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, a role that has him in makeup and high heels on a nightly basis. So for the Rolling Stone cover, being half-naked may not seem that risqué.
Harris’s fiancé David Burtka told the magazine that the star lost weight for his new Broadway role, and it gave him a six-pack, but also a strict diet.
“He’s so skinny, and I think that really gives him power,” Burtka said. “His body is crazy right now.”
Harris’s semi-nude cover comes only a month after Julia Louis-Dreyfus posed for Rolling Stone last month, with only a copy of the Declaration of Independence written on her back.
“I didn’t think he could pull off the femininity of [the role],” Burtka explained. “This is such a stretch for him. In his day-to-day life, he’s not a very feminine guy.”
Harris said the role has freed him of a lot of concerns he has had since playing Doogie Howser, M.D., a role he started when he was only 16. He explained, “I have always been highly aware of how I was presenting myself. Which, now that I’m playing overtly feminine and loving it, is kind of a stupid concern”.
See Harris in all his (mostly) naked glory when his Rolling Stone edition hits newsstands on Friday, May 9.