Saturday, March 3, 2012

My fascination with Hugh Laurie

Most of America knows Hugh Laurie as the acerbic sarcastic and injured Dr. Gregory House on House.
He rocks the part. Always bringing heart and humor however dark to every episode. House could easily be written off as just a jackass. But darling Hugh makes him lovable.

I've been a fan of Hugh's since I was a teen. I used to watch him playing the addled prince on Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson. A randy drunken dimwit who couldn't do anything not even put on his pants by himself. It was a role that called for blatant goofiness and Hugh filled it. Tall and gangly he wobbled thrugh his days held up by the dastardly yet oh so entertaining Rowan.

In a later season of Blackadder, his role was that of a gung ho soldier on the front lines of WW2 with not enough brain to fill a thinble. He was the moral compass of the group. Definitely a company man.

He made me giggle and laugh and even occasionally guffaw. Then I saw him in Jeeves and Wooster.

P.G. Wodehouse wrote the books the series was based on They stayed true to the spirit of Wodehouse.Silliness and antics and nothing more devasting than a broken engagement. And there were lots of engagements. It was the language that I loved. Jeeves in his livery when asked"Who's at the door?" would reply "I shall endeavor to ascertain, sir." It sounds so much better than I'll go see.

Hugh in his role as Betrum Wooster, a man of neglible intelligence would wander through life with Jeeeves the stalwart and ingenious manservant by his side.

So when he showed up on American TV playing a sharp as a tack mean spirited doctor, I was shocked. Then I fell in love all over again. I love his skills as an actor and as a musician. His singing voice needs some work but is still vastly entertaining.

Alas, he's married with kids, and I'll probably never meet him. But if I did, I would have to thank him for the laughs and the tears. Well played, sir, well played.

1 comment:

  1. Jeeves and Wooster was some fine stuff indeed. Amazing to think Hugh Laurie went from Blackadder to House.