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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Jim Carrey Vs. Neil Patrick Harris

Netflix will air the TV adaptation of the best-selling book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events this coming January.

The 13 books by author Lemony Snicket follow the lives of the three Baudelaire siblings after their parents died in a fire. The Netflix adaptation stars Neil Patrick Harris as the cunning Count Olaf who terrorizes the kids in order to get their inheritance.

Will The Netflix Adaptation Beat Jim Carrey’s?

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Back in 2004, Paramount pictures released A Series of Unfortunate Events film starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf. Together with Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine and Emily Browning as Violet, the film became a success. Critics, however, pointed out that the film had more of a comical tone rather than the serious and solemn tone with an occasional dark humor.

Jim Carrey did the character Count Olaf justice or it’s better to say that Jim Carrey was perfect for the role. Jim Carrey became the face of Count Olaf, however, the character became just one of the many faces of Jim Carrey. Carrey as Count Olaf didn’t get enough recognition from the viewers. People think of Ace Ventura or the Mask when they mention Jim Carrey.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf

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Although Neil Patrick Harris promises a great version of Count Olaf, many remain a skeptic. Neil Patrick Harris lacks the experience Jim Carrey had as an actor. Most people recognized Harris as the playboy Barney Stinson from the TV series, How I Met Your Mother.

If Neil Patrick Harris portrays the character right, it will do great leaps in his career. After How I Met Your Mother, Harris had his own variety show Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris. This show with Nicole Scherzinger as a co-host only lasted for one season until NBC announced the show’s cancellation.

From the trailer of Netflix’ A Series of Unfortunate Events, everything looks good, especially the costume designs. This author, however, thinks that Harris’ tone of voice seems to be lacking. Hopefully, he shakes off the Barney Stinson image that got stuck onto him and embraces Count Olaf’s character.

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