Hugh Laurie for Higgins?

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Hugh Laurie for Higgins?#1
Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:12pm
I had to post this because it's a brilliant idea - apparently Emma Thompson, who's writing the screenplay for the new My Fair Lady film, thinks that Henry Higgins should be played by Hugh Laurie.

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re: Hugh Laurie for Higgins?#2
Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:18pm
He'd be brilliant.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:20pm
I absolutely agree a hundred percent. Hugh Laurie is an amazing actor, and he's quite the musician too. He would be fantastic. I hope she can use her female powers of persuasion to take on the role.
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re: Hugh Laurie for Higgins?#3
Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:44pm
That I'd like to see...
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:44pm
Plus he has the right accent, which is a huge point with My Fair Lady. I really don't want to see an American star trying to fake RP when so much in the story centers on how the characters speak.

Of course, Eliza should be a singer and they cast Keira Knightly, so what do I know.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:50pm
That is an incredibly brilliant idea. I couldn't imagine anyone better-suited to the role. I hope he lands it.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:52pm
Wow. This had never even crossed my mind, even though I'm kind of a fan of My Fair Lady and absolutely love House and Hugh Laurie. But what a brilliant idea. Him with his natural voice and mannerisms work for Higgins' basic character and seeing him portray Gregory House as such a nuanced individual makes me have no doubt that he'd be perfect for the role. I'm going to start crossing my fingers now.

And if Keira is actually Eliza (I know reports have said she is, but I doubt everything movie-related, especially concerning musicals until I see a trailer) I can actually picture her and Laurie having great chemistry.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:17pm
Yes, please.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:49pm
I wasn't totally sold on this remake idea before, but that is an idea I would love to see.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:49pm
Oh my! That is just....breathtaking! Inspired! I'd actually go see that.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:51pm
I still loathe the idea of a remake and hope it gets shot down.

That said, I think Hugh Laurie would make a magnificent Higgins . . . on the stage. re: Hugh Laurie for Higgins?
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:54pm
Hugh Laurie is PERFECT for this. Amazing actor, perfect at accents, and he can sing (not really needed for this role, but it is a nice perk).
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:54pm
That would be AMAZING.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:25pm
YES to Hugh Laurie! NO! to Keira Knightley!
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:32pm
Freaking inspired casting with Laurie. This has incredible potential.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:35pm
Agreed about Keira. Vocals aside, I don't think she'd be equal to Laurie in terms of acting ability.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:39pm
Great casting idea. I hope the studio doesn't push for a bigger name.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:43pm
Hugh Laurie is a HUGE name right now. One of the most respected actors on television.
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re: Hugh Laurie for Higgins?#18
Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:46pm
I'm not arguing that he isn't a well respected actor. He is. I just worry that he's not considered a box office draw.
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Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:53pm
Hugh Laurie is an amazing choice. Keira Knightley, not so much. I think I'm more interested in who they'll get to do the vocals, since (I'm assuming) she can't sing it.
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re: Hugh Laurie for Higgins?#20
Posted: 12/19/08 at 12:03am
I just worry that he's not considered a box office draw.

Laurie's pretty recognizable at this point because of the popularity of House, not just domestically but internationally. But you're right; he's not any kind of proven box office draw in film - he's only had a supporting role in Street Kings since House started.

And that's what worries me, too - that they'll stick someone vastly inappropriate like George Clooney in there or something. (Clooney's lovely, but I don't want to see anyone faking the all-important accent and he's too conventionally suave for the role anyway.)
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re: Hugh Laurie for Higgins?#21
Posted: 12/19/08 at 12:28am
Brilliant choice, but it's a shame about Keira. I think she's a good actor, but it is a musical, and I don't think Marni Nixon would want to do all of the vocals again.
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Posted: 12/19/08 at 1:47am
Is Keira Knightley confirmed or is that still just a rumor?
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Posted: 12/19/08 at 1:54am
The Variety article says that she's signed. That could be bad fact-checking, but I haven't heard any other names rumored for the role, so I'm taking that at face value.
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re: Hugh Laurie for Higgins?#24
Posted: 12/19/08 at 6:30am
I don't think Knightly would be a horrible choice, who else would you suggest...and yes, I think they need names for the box office. (I have no idea if she can sing, though.)

As for Laurie...as soon as he became successful here he was international. He'd been a domestic star for years in the UK for YEARS before hitting America in House.
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