Neil Patrick Harris is making headlines for allegedly heckling an overzealous fan during a performance of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" on Broadway, but the actor insists the incident was part of the act.
Harris' response: “I’m doing something up here, motherf**ker!”
The actor took to Twitter shortly after news of the so-called outburst broke:
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 20, 2014
Meanwhile, a representative for Harris told GossipCop that the actor's response was more appropriate in full context.
“When the fan initially yelled, ‘I love you, Neil,’ Neil (as Hedwig) then responded, ‘Who’s Neil? I’m not Neil.’ He then looked over at Yitzhak (played by Lena Hall) and said, ‘Are you Neil? You better not be Neil’ followed by Hedwig then offering the quote in question.”
“The response to the fan yelling was actually done in character — Neil as Hedwig, not as though Neil stopped the show to respond out of character,” the rep added.
Harris's remarks have nonetheless drawn comparisons to Patti LuPone and Hugh Jackman, both of whom have stopped mid-performance to address fans caught using cameras and cell phones during Broadway shows.