'How I Met Your Mother' guest John Lithgow: 'If this weren't a comedy, it would be 'East of Eden''


Ignoring for a moment the not-so-small matter of an unknown bride, the identity of Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) dad on "How I Met Your Mother" is possibly the biggest unanswered question of the series -- and definitely of Season 6. But on Mar. 21, we'll finally come face-to-face. Emmy and Tony winner John Lithgow makes his first appearance in "Legendaddy" as the Barney's estranged father, Jerry. And speaking with Zap2it about his two scheduled appearances, Lithgow explains that the serious themes explored this season keep coming with his cameo. "It is very intense," Lithgow tells us. "If this weren't a comedy, it would be 'East of Eden' or something. He's the lost father. There's a pool of serious emotional stuff underpinning all of the comedy. [Barney] is what he is, in so many ways, because he was abandoned by his father. We make comedy out of that, but it's not necessarily the stuff of comedy....



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