How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris has told how he terrified his young children by recreating the characters from his new TV series for them.
Neil takes on the role of Count Olaf in A Series Of Unfortunate Events, based on the children's novels by Lemony Snicket.
The Netflix series required extensive prosthetics, as well as wigs, make-up and different voices, and Neil said his six-year-old twins Gideon and Harper were horrified by his changed persona.
The books famously got the big screen treatment in 2004 with Jim Carrey in the Count Olaf role, but Neil said he did not watch the movie until he signed on for the part.
He said: "What I didn't want to do was be blissfully ignorant of the movie's aesthetic and then accidentally choose something similar, because then I feel we would have been in more weird comparative competition or something, so I watched the movie and saw what he did.
"But this isn't my first time doing a gig that someone else has done, I've done a lot of Broadway shows and I am well aware and relatively selfless in that way, professionally.
"I will watch stuff that people do and say that is the perfect choice, I'm not going to not do that choice to just be different, that's dumb, but at the same time I watch things and say 'Oh that was a missed opportunity', and try to refine it.
"For me the missed opportunities in the movie were they didn't have the time to tell the story in great detail because they covered so much in the movie so quickly, so they do one scene and then jump to the next book for another scene, and that was unfortunate."
Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events streams on Netflix on January 13.