Neil Patrick Harris Dishes on Taking Over for Jim Carrey in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' on Netflix

Raphael Chestang
Entertainment Tonight

It's been nearly 12 years since Jim Carrey brought Count Olaf to life on the big screen in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and now the baton is being passed on to Neil Patrick Harris.

"I was excited by the conceit," Harris says in a featurette. "I'd never seen the movie, so I was pretty new to it all."

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America's favorite awards show host transforms into the devious criminal, who is after the Baudelaire children's inheritance, for the upcoming Netflix series, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Based on Daniel Handler's book series of the same name, the story has Harris dressing up in plenty of sneaky disguises in an effort to outwit the orphaned Baudelaire kids.

"What's fun about it is, being an actor, I get to play a new character in each book or in each two episodes of the show," Harris gushes. "What's doubly fun about it is that I'm actually playing Olaf playing a character, which has been a bit confusing mentally if I'm being honest."

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The eight-episode Netflix event, also starring Patrick Warburton and Joan Cusack, premieres in January on Friday the 13th.

Handler tweeted a first look at two characters from the show earlier this week along with a tease for the trailer coming soon.

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