'House's' Hugh Laurie: 'I'm pretty hopeless at goodbyes'
The antithesis of the caustic doctor viewers have loved to hate for eight seasons, the pleasant, warmly humorous British talent is trying to deal with wrapping up production this week on the Monday-night FOX drama. The network is being guarded with details of the May 21 farewell, though reports suggest returns by past co-stars including Olivia Wilde and Kal Penn.
In any case, Laurie is feeling the impact of the end. "Generally speaking, I'm pretty hopeless at goodbyes," he tells Zap2it, "and I'm mostly not very good at hellos, either. I think I'm all right with the in-between stuff, but this is a very long, protracted goodbye to a character and to about 300 people I've worked with for eight years. This has been very emotional, and it continues to be."
Making the coda to the series has involved some very late nights -- technically, very early mornings -- of work for Laurie and company. "Fortunately, it's been physically taxing, because that always distracts you from the emotional," the actor reasons, "but it's what I hope will be a fitting end to what has been an amazing journey."
With an international music tour planned ("I never imagined I'd be saying that") for the immediate wake of the "House" sign-off, Laurie is tackling another project with a firm deadline. Besides introducing the segment on dramas on FOX's 25th-anniversary special Sunday (April 22), he's aiming to have a backstage look at the history of "House" ready to air on the series' finale night.
"We've been desperately scrambling in the last few days to put together our own sort of commemorative documentary," reports Laurie, winner of two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards as ruthlessly frank Dr. Gregory House. "It'll be sort of a curtain-raiser to the last show.
"I think it will come to pass, and I hope we will do justice to the last eight years. It's obviously very important to us that we do that, so we're pulling out all the stops to do the best we can."