TV Fact #330 – September 18th, 2015:

Keeping with picking my favorites for my birthday, tonight for my TV Fact I went with “House M.D.” (2004-2012) which features an incomparable lead performance by actor Hugh Laurie as the lead character, Dr. Gregory House…an American doctor character played by a British actor. This is something that the creators and producers of the show didn’t even know was a problem and is a compliment to Laurie’s ability to mimic an American accent.

See, during Laurie’s audition, producer/series creator David Shore talked about how Bryan Singer, one of the executive producers of the show, said, “See, this is what I want; an American guy.” Singer was completely unaware of the fact that Hugh Laurie is British and, even more amazing, Laurie audition was done via video shot in a hotel bathroom in Namibia, where he was shooting the 2004 film “Flight of the Phoenix” (In which he played the character Ian). Laurie performed his audition in the bathroom because, Laurie claimed, “It was the only place with enough light”. What many don’t know though is that playing a doctor had an interesting effect on Laurie personally. This is because Laurie’s own father was a doctor. In fact, Laurie felt a twinge of guilt at, as he put it himself, “being paid more to become a fake version of my own father.”

With a little personal experience and a massive amount of talent, Laurie would rock an American accent for 8 years and championed a spectacular and intelligent medical show. In my opinion, he did his father proud by starring in a show that put brilliant medical study over soap opera-like character drama that has been seen in many medical shows. “House M.D.” made you think and made you question the norm with every episode. Well done Laurie, fellow cast members, crew members, and show creators of “House M.D.”.

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