Host in the hot seat

Six random questions for Neil Patrick Harris

Over his long career, Neil Patrick Harris has answered many questions: "Where does it hurt?" (as Dr. Doogie Howser), "Are you evil?" (as Dr. Horrible), "Sleep with me?" (in his Emmy-nominated "How I Met Your Mother" role on CBS) and "You can sing?" (as host of the Tonys). "Will you please make this year's Emmy Awards watchable?" will be answered Sunday night, when he hosts for the first time. Game for anything, the actor (who introduced himself on the phone as "Batman") submitted to six far less-relevant questions from Randee Dawn for The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood Reporter: What's the first memory you have?

Neil Patrick Harris: Uterus, uterus, uterus ... sunlight! Slap! Scream! Scissors! Scale!

THR: If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Harris: I would want to be able to TiVo time. Bleep ... stop time. Bleep, bleep, bleep ... rewind bad decisions. Bloop bloop ... relive favorite moments. Bleep, bleep, bleep ... zip past commercials.

THR: You're shipwrecked on a deserted island. What two items would you want with you?

Harris: A pet; either a dog or an orangutan. And weirdly, I'd probably say the Bible. I've never read it front to back and it seems full of appropriate deserted island parables.

THR: What animal would you compare yourself to?

Harris: A dolphin. They love to perform; they seem intelligent and sly. And I'd like to think they have good senses of humor.

THR: If you could get a truly honest answer to any question, what would you ask?

Harris: What happens when you die?

THR: You're on the board of directors at the Magic Castle. So what's your greatest trick of all?

Harris: Let's not bring up my prostitution past. I've really tried hard to improve my reputation these past few years.
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