Viet Nam News
Los Angeles — Hugh Laurie, the British comedian and star of The Night Manager, House and numerous movies, cemented his place among entertainment’s elite with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
The famously humble, self-effacing actor shifted uncomfortably as he was lavished with praise by longtime collaborator Stephen Fry, House creator David Shore and Diane Farr, his co-star in Hulu series Chance.
"It isn’t a fair world, and my confession is that I’m 57 now and I’ve lived a life of extraordinary good fortune from start to finish, so much so that almost every day I’m anticipating the piano falling on my head to redress the balance," he said.
He praised the United States for inventing jeans, pizza and the martini, which he described as "a sonnet in a glass".
While numerous Hollywood stars have spoken out against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Laurie used the opportunity for a joke at the expense of 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
"The rest of the world craves and covets and consumes these things largely because they’ve seen them in entertainment... I enjoy pizza because Louis C.K. eats pizza at the beginning of every show, every week," he said.
"I love martinis partly because Frank Sinatra drank martinis. I don’t wear jeans partly because I saw Mitt Romney wearing jeans once."
Laurie won consecutive Golden Globes in 2006 and 2007 for House and has seven Emmy nominations, although he has never won.
At one time the highest paid actor on television, Laurie, a father of three grown up children, has credits for producing and directing, as well as a novel under his belt, and a flourishing career as a blues and jazz musician.
Born in Oxford, England, he began performing comedy at Cambridge University alongside Fry, Emma Thompson and Tilda Swinton after a bout of glandular fever cut short his ambitions to follow his father into the Olympic rowing squad. — AFP