While the two roles of Sheldon Cooper and Barney Stinson couldn’t be more different, the actor behind the former role actually shared a funny story. On “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Jim Parsons lent his insights to popular fan theories about “The Big Bang Theory.” One, in particular, sparked an intriguing story from Parsons’ past auditions that revealed he was once in the running to play a different character, and that happened to be Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother.”
“The funny thing about this is that I auditioned to play Barney and felt that I was very wrong for it, and almost ran screaming from the room after I auditioned,” Parsons recalled. He then shouted out Neil Patrick Harris, who did land the gig and admitted he better suited the role. Parsons also debunked the fan theory that he finds interesting but ultimately false.
The dimensional swapping fan theory suggests Sheldon Cooper (Parsons) is really “How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney Stinson (Harris) from an opposite world. The reasoning for this interesting idea comes from the fact that they are so totally different in a Bizarro (Superman’s evil counterpart) kind of way. On some level, it does have a basis of support, especially for the deep pools of speculation on the internet.