With “How I Met Your Mother” all wrapped up, it will be interesting to see how all our favorite characters keep their careers in full motion. After the finale of “Friends” in 2004, one of the most talked about and a valid concerns was that the characters in the show would haunt the cast for the rest of their acting career. Jennifer Aniston has perhaps been the most successful, but most of the actors at least had a role or two that helped them separate from their iconic roles in “Friends.”


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Harris, however, has been making headlines — and not for the reasons you might expect. During his performance as Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Itch,” a female fan yelled out, “I love you, Neil!” Being so immersed in his character, Harris improvised and responded with, “I’m doing something up here, motherf—–r!”


Undoubtedly, this caused a stir, and headlines came out about his reaction to the fan. Some articles compared Harris’ reaction to the fan to the frustrated outburst that Hugh Jackson had during his Broadway performance when an audience member’s phone rang.


On Saturday, Harris was forced to respond to tweets about the incident with the fan in the audience. After a foul tweet, Harris replied with, “…take a breath. I’m playing a character. Who is harsh. That’s the show. That’s Hedwig. Thanks for the lovely tweet.” Harris clarified that he was not yelling at the audience member; he was playing a part and was in character when the improvisation occurred.


Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 4.30.03 PMThe next day, Harris tweeted about all the articles circulating about the incident, “It seems my Hedwig improvs are making news, but one should have the full story/context.”


According to Gossip Cop, Harris was not the one that cursed at the fan, his character did. Harris was playing a part, and his character is particularly harsh and unforgiving; his improvisation was spot on. This is an important distinction to make — when an actor or actress is in the middle of a performance, it can be particularly difficult to break character.


What is your opinion about the whole incident? What would you have done in Harris’ shoes? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790