Despite Success on 'House,' Hugh Laurie Likes to Keep Misery on Hand
Despite Success on 'House,' Hugh Laurie Likes to Keep Misery on Hand
It normally doesn't elicit much confidence when your lead star refuses to pack his things after moving to California from his home in London, especially when he thinks it's nuts to go house-hunting because he thinks the show will only last a month.  But that's exactly what Hugh Laurie thought when he first crossed the channel to do House.  Well guess what?  The rest is, as they say, history.  House is coming upon the magical 100th episode and the Laurie household now stands poised to move to the sunny west coast.

Yes, the brilliant British actor who didn't think his House would make it past its first month is now the toast of American television.

“The first year I was in a hotel, everyone else in the show was signing leases on houses and I said, ‘You're mad.  We're only going to last a month.'  I literally didn't unpack,” Laurie told The Times.  “I suppose it's a form of pessimism: if a thing is going well, it's only a matter of time, tick tock, before someone's going to take it away.”

But it's been four seasons since that first month Laurie thought they'd fold, House is still going full steam ahead and nobody looks about to take anything away from the reluctant star and occupational pessimist.  In fact, The Times reports that a recent poll revealed Laurie among the top five favorite TV personalities in the United States, in the company of no less than Oprah herself and Jay Leno.  That, along with a reported $200,000 per episode paycheck has made it just that bit harder for the self-deprecating pessimist to keep his brows furrowed.

“That's an exaggeration,” Laurie said of the $200,000 figure he is said to be getting for every House installment, while still admitting to a more than adequate paycheck.  “I am being very handsomely paid.  My ship has come in and I'll be forever grateful.  I've had it a lot better than many people.  I went to a pub with Kenneth Branagh once and a man shouted, ‘Oi, Branagh! You're a c***!'” Laurie added in jest.

Still, despite the success he now enjoys, the talented actor remains reluctant to let go of the misery he loves to keep for company.

“I hope nothing would ever do that [make him less miserable],' House's titular lead star told The Times.  “I won't let go of my roots.  There is virtue in suffering, that there is a sort of psychic economy, whereby if you embrace success, happiness and comfort, these things have to be paid for.”

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Times Online
(Image Courtesy of FOX)