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Neil Patrick Harris bares all for Rolling Stone and talks about how coming out helped his career

Neil Patrick Harris bares all for Rolling Stone and talks about how coming out helped his career

Neil Patrick Harris, currently the toast of Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has taken it all off for the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

Harris is wearing nothing but a bow tie but a strategically-place top hat covers his most private bits.

The photo reveals an already slim actor who has lost even more weight for his Tony nominated role as a transsexual German glam rocker.

‘He’s so skinny, and I think that really gives him power,’ fiancé David Burtka tells the magazine. ‘His body is crazy right now.’

In an interview to be published on Friday (9 May), Harris shares how coming out publicly in 2006 has actually helped his career rather than hurt it.

‘Some actors don’t get hired because you can’t look into their soul and see what they’re like, because they’re kept guarded,’ he says. ‘Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever.’

After nine seasons as Barney Stinson on the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother, two Smurfs movies, three Harold and Kumar movies (‘Who knew that three days on a funny stoner comedy would alter my track record the way it did?’), and hosting all those Tony and Emmy telecasts, Harris is embracing his feminine side in Hedwig.

Says Burtka: ‘I didn’t think he could pull off the femininity of [the role]. This is such a stretch for him. In his day-to-day, he’s not a very feminine guy.’