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Neil Patrick Harris: I need stimulus

Neil Patrick Harris is always looking for new projects as he's "not designed to stay still".

Since the American actor finished the ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother earlier this year, he's gone on to star in a Broadway show and a box office smash hit.

His turn in Hedwig And The Angry Inch earned him the Tony Award for best actor in a musical, but his role comes to an end in August and Neil is already looking forward to future projects.

"I'm not designed to stay still. It's all about the next chapter," Neil told the British edition of Glamour magazine.

"Well, I've spontaneously made out with people, licked a guitar and had impromptu lap dances," he laughed about his Broadway show. "It's a punk-rock show - about a band and its transgender singer - so I get to channel my inner Iggy [Pop]."

Fans were upset to see the end of hit TV show How I met Your Mother earlier this year, after nine years of being on air. The cast were also devastated to say goodbye but 41-year-old Neil was happy with the eventual ending.

"It's bittersweet. We became a family, we saw each other through breakups, deaths... it's tough to leave, but we told the story well and it was time to move on to new things.

"It's a grown-up ending, we were in our thirties by the time the show ended; those years are about big-boy stories, it's not the figuring stuff out from your twenties," he mused.

He's since starred in Seth MacFarlane's comedy western A Million Ways to Die in the West, opposite Seth, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson.

"Just reading the script made me howl with laughter, so filming was hilarious. I play the antagonist to Seth's hero, the owner of the town's moustachery, who's stolen his women (Charlize). There's a big barn-dance scene that we're all in together. It took days to rehearse and then days to film - we were making each other laugh during every take," he remembered.

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