Neil Patrick Harris' Villain Is Revealed In First Footage From A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The first actual footage from Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is here. And while it’s interesting to see the show’s aesthetic, the real highlight is the full reveal of Neil Patrick Harris’ villainous Count Olaf.

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He looks creepy, and very much in line with what we expected after seeing Jim Carrey play the same role in the 2004 movie. Nevertheless, Harris has great range and seeing him as such a despicable character is going to be lots of fun.

Set to debut January 13 on Netflix, the show follows three children who lose their parents and end up in the custody of their evil uncle. He’ll stop at nothing to gain their inheritance so he continually tries to kill them—and the kids have to outsmart Olaf while working to solve the mystery of their parents’ death.

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DISCUSSION

johncooley
John Cooley

This looks... kinda terrible, honestly. I had thought, given Netflix’s track record, they’d do something really unique and cinematic... but this just looks like a TV-budget version of the 2004 movie. Olaf’s makeup looks like a joke. I can’t stop staring at the nose.