Now the English county of Oxford is known for quite a few things. For example: (1) Its prestigious University. (2) Its annual boat race. Plus (3) Some gruff chap with a limp who goes by the name of 'abode'. No. That's not right! 'Brick edifice' then? No. That's not correct either. Maybe Hugh Laurie from 'House' fame will know? As seen in this 40-minute interview he had with James Lipton in 2006.
In this episode of 'Inside the Actors Studio, the
interviewer who was once an actor, James Lipton, interviews the Englishman who
is now an American television star, Hugh Laurie.
Now as soon as a very complementary introduction is relayed by
the man with the blue-cards, Hugh commences this tête-à-tête by explaining to
James about his own origins. How his father was a doctor. How his mother was a
complicated matriarch. Plus how he found his time in academia a rather strange
avenue to follow.
Still, thanks to his rowing prowess plus his parent's status
in the community, Hugh managed to attend such private institutes as Dragon, Eton,
and Cambridge, where he befriended
fellow student, Emma Thompson, and gained entry into the Cambridge Footlights,
after having to pull out of rowing due to Glandular Fever.
Here, at this stage in James interview with Hugh, Mr Lipton
coaxes My Laurie to sing a 'British Boating Song', just prior to elaborating
about his time on British Television (Blackadder and an early review show).
This then lead's back into how Hugh's fragile personal life started to turn
into a bout of depression, inadvertently paving the way for him to star in the
film 'Maybe Baby', and the American medical drama 'House M.D.'.
Chase. Cuddy. Forman. Cameron. The pretext. The accent. And his own feeling
about this show. Are all touched upon in a quick question and answer session
between James and Hugh. Subsequent to Hugh singing a splendid song on the piano
called 'Mystery', topped off by the Bernard Pivo structured questionnaire.
this final stage in the show we learn that Hugh's favourite word is 'Marsupial'
and least favourite word is 'Whatever'. Which eventually paves the way for the
students to learn about 'House's personal affairs', plus Hugh being more of 'a
Goldfish' that 'a real Doctor'.
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