Is the rumor true that Neil Patrick Harris auditioned for Tobey Maguire's role in Spider-Man (opening May 3)? "I did not," the Doogie Howser, M.D. star tells TV Guide Online. "That would've been fun, but I think they were looking for big-time feature players. There was a short list for that and I wasn't on it!"
However, Harris is the webslinger's voice in MTV's Spider-Man animated series, debuting this fall. "I still have a bit of an adolescent tinge to my tenor when I talk," the 28-year-old admits, "so I think that plays well for Peter Parker. And then I can change it to be Spider-Man, who's a trash-talkin' guy. Since I sing and stuff, I'm pretty aware of inflection."
His other animated voice-over gig in the works is Hey Joel, about a fictitious VH1 talk-show personality. "They don't like him much at VH1," Harris jokes. "He's very stream-of-consciousness and ends up being insulting or snide or saying harsh realities to his guests. Sort of like Space Ghost."
Don't worry, Harris isn't hiding his face since NBC axed his short-lived sitcom, Stark Raving Mad. You can see him yuk it up in Undercover Brother due in theaters May 31 a comedy about African-American spies. "I provide all the ignorant white man comedy," he quips. "I say dumb things and get slapped upside the head a lot."