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Neil Patrick Harris' hard hat

Neil Patrick Harris used a top hat to cover up on a recent photo shoot because he had to hide an embarrassing problem.

The How I Met Your Mother star appeared nude on the cover of the May edition of Rolling Stone magazine, using just a top hat to protect his nether regions.

It might seem like a strange choice, but the 40-year-old has now revealed the story behind the shoot.

"I had a constant erection and we didn't know best how to hide it," he candidly said, according to German magazine Bravo.

"So I came up with the hat idea at exactly the right time."

How I Met Your Mother came to an end earlier this year and Neil is currently playing the lead role in Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Whenever he takes on a new project, the star gives it his all.

"I hate to be unprepared," he admitted. "And exactly that is the secret to my success: I always prepare for every job."

The star also claims to know all his scripts off by heart.

"And by the time it's show time, I could recite them in my sleep," he boasted. "Write down the things you need to know. Read it often. Plan it, and then pull it off!"

Neil is engaged to David Burtka, who he has surrogate twins with. He says coming out in 2006 helped his career.

"Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever," he told Rolling Stone. "Some actors don't get hired because you can't look into their soul and see what they're like, because they're kept guarded."

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