House Star Hugh Laurie Speaks Out About Cancellation
Fans around the world were shocked when it was announced that the current season of the popular and critically-acclaimed series House would be its last.
The series stars Hugh Laurie, who plays the talented but difficult diagnostician Dr Gregory House, a role that has turned the beloved British actor into a global superstar.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, the British actor said: “There are very few things in life that are so deliciously enjoyable that you want to do them for 16 hours a day, every day – including sex and fine dining.”
He added: “We are on such a conveyer belt and it can get overwhelming.”
Having filmed eight series of House, it is clear that Laurie is ready to move onto new challenges: “It’s not the playing the character over and over again [that can get a bit much], it’s the coming to work over and over again. You know, we have done 170 episodes now, I think. That’s about 50-60 feature films-worth. You want a break, you really do.”
Laurie, who like his character suffers from depression, is characteristically modest about his success and popularity: “The financing of all TV shows is dictated by finding an audience between 18 and 49. I have now passed beyond 49, so probably, I am no longer a desirable commodity for TV. And I am at peace with that, that’s fine.”
Actress Olivia Wilde, who played Remy ‘Thirteen’ Hadley in House before leaving to launch her film career commented yesterday: “House lovers, it’s the end of an era. Shows like that don’t happen, well, ever. I’m honoured to have been a part of such a brilliant story.”
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