Jason Biggs' "Biggest Regret" Is Turning Down Lead Role In 'How I Met Your Mother'
Can you imagine anyone other than Josh Radnor playing "Ted Mosby" in How I Met Your Mother? Well, the role almost went to Jason Biggs!
American Pie star Jason Biggs spoke with The Covino & Rich Show and spilled what his biggest career regret was.
Jason Biggs Turned Down Lead How I Met Your Mother Role
The Orange Is The New Black star Jason Biggs was offered the lead role of "Ted Mosby" in How I Met Your Mother by CBS but he turned it down. The role eventually went to Josh Radnor who fans have come to love as the perfect "Ted."
Jason said, "I was offered the role. Yes." He admitted, "I was offered the role and it's probably my biggest regret, you know, on passing. I think I was in a phase of, at the time, it sounds so obnoxious to say right now. But at the time it was like, 'Okay, do I want to do TV?' I don't know that I was quite ready to go that route."
Jason had been working on films when he received the offer and he liked being able to work for a short period of time and "move on." So for Jason, "Committing to a TV show at the time I just thought, you know, I don't think it's for me. [It] was a cool, fun script. It was definitely original and funny and the whole thing. I was right for it but I passed on it."
How I Met Your Mother was an incredible success and has a dedicated fan base. The series was even nominated for a whopping 30 Emmy Awards and won 10! Luckily, Jason is still very happy with his career path. "Big picture, I have no regrets. Right? I'm very lucky, very fortunate. I'm still here. That's number one. But yeah, if I had to pick out something I wish I had done differently, I would've taken that gig for sure. Absolutely."
Josh Radnor on the other hand is vocal about how he wants to be known for more than the show. He told GQ, "It’s a weird thing when you haven’t done something in almost four years. But people will still come up to me and say, 'I just watched the series for the eighth time, all the way through.' And I'm like, 'That's too much. You've gotta move on.'"
"It's almost like if you had relatives and they only wanted to talk about how you were in the sixth grade. And you’re like, 'I've done a lot of stuff since the sixth grade! I'm getting a PhD here!' I don't mean to diminish it or say it was juvenile—but it definitely feels like it was in the past."
To this day, the series is one of the most-watched series on Netflix.