A big part of him landing the role was when he came in to audition he looked kind of ragged, like his character does now, because he was filming a movie at the time in which his character was supposed to be the rough around the edges kind. I can't remember what it was....something with airplanes and Angelina Jolie I believe...Flight of the Pheonix maybe? I'm not sure.
When I die, I want people to look at me and say "Yeah, he might have been crazy, but that was one zarkin frood that knew where his towel was."
Joined: Jul 22, 2008
I really like Hugh Laurie as Dr. House and the wry sense of humor of the character he plays.
In one scene he tells a patient : "Congratulations! you have cancer."
The actor is quite talented and versatile.
I think he played the role of a sidekick to the main villainess in 101 Dalmatians.
Paul Sturrock wrote:Its weird watching House if you grew up with the BBC - Hugh Lawrie is a bit of an institution and often play roles which are what could be considered quintasential British characters.
In one of the earlier House episodes, he is an English actor playing an American Doctor pretending to be an English Doctor.
I started watching House as replays on cable. They were not in any clear order. House came off as a completely unsympathetic jerk, and his "cottages" or "houselettes" were one dimensional. Then I pulled down the whole seasons and watched them in order from the pilot.
In order, he makes more sense. He's still a jerk, and more than a bit of a racist, but its possible to see some attraction in him.
The shows were the writers give him a big "sexual interest" were terrible. When they just gave him some charm, HL clearly knows how to do that.
I assume that medically, its as accurate as "The Net" was about programming.
Paul Clapham wrote:Actually, this time your cynicism is unjustified. (A rare occurrence ) Here's a blog entry which says that, medically speaking, it's not that far off the mark:
I don't really care what the blog says. As a viewer, I love the show, but as a doctor, I cringe at the messing up of medical science.
Joined: Jun 06, 2002
Yes, on the Black Adder series he stared alongside Rowan Addison who later became Mr. Bean.
I have hoped that he would have an episode in which his old friend Dr. Bean comes to the hospital in a medical exchange program and proceeds to mess everything up in hilarious ways as House desperately tries to cover for him. Then, eventually, things turn out alright in the end.
Joined: Jun 05, 2008
Such an episode would be interesting. Also would like to see the teams' (Chase in particular) reactions when House does some British accents.
By the way, I have always dreamt of having some plot like the one below for a Wodehouse book:
Psmith, Bertie and Jeeves comes to Blandings castle as imposter. They make friendship with Lord Emsworth. But Connie and Baxter have an eye on them. Gally induces Bertie to steal the empress. Psmith teams up with the Duke of Dunstable but find his cloths, manners, etc quite irritating.
Joined: Aug 06, 2008
Hugh plays good roles in Blackadder. Who'd have guessed he can also does a convincing German accent!
Frank Silbermann wrote:Yes, on the Black Adder series he stared alongside Rowan Addison who later became Mr. Bean.
Interesting, huh? Hugh Laurie went from playing the "thick as a whale omelet" Prince George to the super-genius Dr. House, while Rowan Atkinson went the other direction, from the sardonic Black Adder to the simpering Mr. Bean.
I like the idea for the Wodehouse mash-up. I can't remember the world of Blandings Castle ever overlapping with the world of Jeeves and Wooster. Roberta Wickham, a relative of Mr. Mulliner IIRC, did come into Bertie Wooster's life a few times, so those worlds did overlap slightly.
Joined: Jun 05, 2008
Wodehouse mash up is not entirely an original thought as Wodehouse himself took Psmith to Blandings Castle in 'Leave it to Psmith'. Also, there are always some passing references to Freddie and Pongo (Uncle Fred's nephew) in Bertie's narratives.