Neil Patrick Harris Looks Unrecognizable as Count Olaf on the Set of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Neil Patrick Harris as Olaf
Neil Patrick Harris as Olaf.

Master of disguise! Neil Patrick Harris looked unrecognizable as the terrifying Count Olaf in new photos from the set of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Harris is playing the eccentric villain in the Netflix TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s beloved 13-book series. The show is currently filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the actor was spotted looking nothing like himself, with gray hair, a receding hairline, scruffy facial hair and a prosthetic nose. The actor’s new look seems to perfectly match Snicket’s frequent descriptions of Olaf as extremely tall and thin, with a unibrow and poor hygiene.

The novels follows the orphaned Baudelaire siblings — Violet, Klaus and Sunny — who are sent to live with distant cousin Count Olaf, who plots to steal their inheritance. Once he loses guardianship of the children, he follows them to each subsequent housing placement, always wearing different disguises and attempting to take their fortune.

This isn’t the first time the saga has been developed by Hollywood. The first three books were made into a film adaptation in 2004, with Jim Carrey as a similarly scary Count Olaf. The new Netflix series is scheduled for release later this year.

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