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Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Cast Of 'How I Met Your Mother'

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It's a given that a popular series will end up making the actors starring in it famous as well. How I Met Your Mother's success has rubbed off on the cast, whose life outside of the show has become a major point of interest for fans. It's heartwarming to know that there are quite a few similarities between the actors and the characters they portray. These are the best facts about the How I Met Your Mother cast we could find that will make you love them even more.

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    Three Of The Cast Members' Husbands Played Characters In The Series

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    Interestingly, the characters that the leads snubbed as romantic interests within the series were played by men who the actors are married to in real life. Sandy Rivers, the inappropriate and vulgar former colleague of Robin, was portrayed by Alyson Hannigan's husband Alexis Denisof. Scooter, Lily's obsessed ex-boyfriend, was played by Neil Patrick Harris's husband David Burtka. Finally, Gary Blauman, Barney's colleague, was played by Taran Killam, who is the husband of Cobie Smulders.

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  • Barney pulled off several magic tricks and illusions within the series. The mastery of this wasn't due to the show's camera effects but because Neil Patrick Harris is actually a trained magician who knows how to do the feats Barney displayed.

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    Jason Segel Did Win A Slam Dunk Contest Like Marshall

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    Marshall liked to brag about completing a slam dunk one time in high school. This was true for the actor as well, who used to excel at basketball at his high school and did win a slam dunk contest once.

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    While they were bros on How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor and Neil Patrick Harris were romantic interests in their first collaboration. This was in 2004 when the actors appeared in the play The Paris Letter where their characters were lovers.

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