What price fame? That's a question often dangled at successful individuals who've either had to make sacrifices or shady choices to get where they are. It's not, however, something the public would necessarily think associated with the British star of FOX's hit medical dramedy, House
American viewers, as well as many others from various parts of the globe have embraced Hugh Laurie
as the irreverent, snide, tactless genius, Dr. Gregory House. Yet, despite the ratings and awards triumphs to back this up, Laurie seems to have also paid a price for doing exceptionally well in the Hollywood scene and the world stage. Ironically, that price seems to have been the loss of place in his native Britain.
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"The door slammed behind me, and that's it. There's a notion that I've sold out," Laurie told the UK's Radio Times, adding that he hasn't gotten any work from his homeland since his star began rising steadily as House
Not that the two-time Golden Globe Award-winning thespian can really complain about feeling the pinch or having any down time from the lack of offers back home. As a matter of fact, Laurie is the first to admit that there's hardly any chance for him to kick back and relax considering the hours needed to assemble House
Laurie told the Radio Times that their hours on the popular series are “relentless” and BBC reports that the actor says he is “off the market” for any other work because there is just “no time to do anything else.”
Interestingly, while things have panned out remarkably well for him Stateside, Laurie is the quintessential reluctant success story, who is his own worst critic, hates the sight of himself on the boob tube and can't bear to hear his carefully-learned rendition of an American accent.
"There's a peculiar British attitude that I took an oath I wouldn't be successful, and reneged on it," Laurie remarked with typically wry British humor. "I don't watch regularly - I hate seeing myself, but it's even worse hearing my American accent. I had no idea I sound so retarded - a dull monotone full of clunking mistakes."
Finally, the unconventional star also confessed to going the distance in internalizing his House
persona by experimenting with the painkiller Vicodin, which his onscreen character considers his very intimate best friend. The British actor was, however, quick to say “I wouldn't recommend it,” before adding "but then again, if you're not in pain, it gives a floaty, pleasurable feeling."
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NY Daily News, BBC
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