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"How I Met Your Mother's" Ted is Kind of a Douche

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | November 30, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | November 30, 2011 |

Yesterday, Vulture got a moment to talk with Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother at the Gotham Awards, and as you’d expect from a backstage kind of interview during an awards ceremony, it was short and kind of clipped. But while some actors are personable (and drunk) enough to inject some amiable personality into their answers (see their interview with Charlize Theron, from the same awards ceremony), Josh Radnor comes off as more of a dick. Maybe it was the venue; maybe he was in a rush; and maybe he just didn’t feel like talking to Vulture. And it’s not like he said anything unpleasant; it’s more of a prickiness Here’s an excerpt (you can read the entire exchange at Vulture).

You’re working on these projects, Jason Segel did The Muppets. How do you all fit these in along with HIMYM?

We’re so up-and-running on the show that we come in, we have a great time, and then we go home and, you know, do these other projects. And I think everyone’s feeling really fulfilled by both doing the show and getting the opportunity to do this other stuff.

Why didn’t you have a Muppets cameo?

I didn’t ask. Neil [Patrick Harris] begged; I didn’t.

Neil begged?

Yeah, he did. I don’t know if he begged, but he wanted to do it.

So you didn’t want to do one?

It just didn’t occur to me to ask. [Laughs.]

In a couple of recent episodes of the show, you had a good tan.

I don’t have a tan, and I’m not out in the sun, and everyone tells me I have a tan.

Had you been on vacation or something?

[To his publicist] Had I been on vacation?
Publicist: Not that I’m aware of.
No. Kill this story!

Is it just me, or was that Muppets exchange a little awkward? Is he suggesting that NPH had to beg, because really? NPH doesn’t have to beg. Josh Radnor has to beg. And how does it not occur to ask to be in The Muppet movie. If someone you know, and have been working with for seven years, is making a Muppet movie, I think it’d occur to me to at least ask, especially while apparently witnessing another fellow cast member groveling for a role.

And is it necessary to ask his publicist if he was on vacation?

Why does he have to be such a Ted?

Or maybe I’m reading this all wrong.

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