HUGH Laurie is set to quit House.
The British actor — who plays antagonistic Dr. Gregory House in the medical drama — thinks his run on the show will soon come to an end after shooting on the eighth season concludes this summer.
“The end of that season, right now looks like the end of the show,” he said. “Well, that’s as far as they’ve got me for.”
The 51-year-old star is now focusing on his debut solo blues album Let Them Talk — which he is promoting with a string of performances throughout Europe this month — and insists he feels more comfortable performing music than he does acting because he has never settled into a routine like he can with singing.
“The acting muscles don’t know what they’re doing, actually,” he said. “Perhaps they should, but they don’t. There’s very little about this … I don’t know maybe there’s a repetitive action in music – if you do your scales and your fingers are nimble, then there are certain things you just know you can do without too much difficulty.
“Acting for some reason isn’t like that. It doesn’t become automated in quite the same way.”
Hugh — who moved to Los Angeles for the show in 2003 — recently admitted he was surprised at the success of House but was growing disillusioned with it.
“I never thought this would last seven years, just two weeks I thought,” he said. “I get tired of getting up at four in the morning. Some days are harder than others.”
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