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Laurie makes a ‘House’ call

Hugh Laurie and the others stars of the critically acclaimed FOX drama/comedy “House” made appearances at a special screening of an episode on June 12 at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood.

“House” creator and executive producers were also in attendance.

With “House” in its fourth season, Laurie said he is happy with the direction of the show.

“I never tire of it, to be honest,” Laurie said. “I never tire of the character. I love him. I find the stories endlessly fascinating.”

Laurie had the crowd laughing when he said House just completed Episode 90, which “in England it takes us 300 years to do.”

The TV show focuses around Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), who uses sarcastic humor to carry out his unfaltering and unconventional methods as a doctor.

House makes it difficult for fellow doctors Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) and James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) to work with him in diagnosing patients based on his random gut instincts and trial and error approaches to medicine.

“It was unreal that they would put up with his crap,” said David Shore, the show’s creator and executive producer. “When we reached the end of Season Three, the notion that people would continue working for this man (House) was not real.”

The episode they were screening was called “Frozen,” which combined drama with humor, the show’s hallmarks.

House and the other doctors are forced to “freeze” a woman to properly diagnose her condition. When a doctor cannot take the pressure of the situation, she retreats to the bathroom, where House soon meets her.

House takes a seat in the stall next to her and sticks his foot into her stall.

“Sorry. I have a wide stance,” says House.

The writers were obviously mocking the infamous Sen. Larry Craig restroom stall encounter, which shows “House” is not afraid to make fun of controversial issues.

The question and answer session kept being interrupted by Omar Epps’s cell phone. When asked what he was reading, Epps responded, “I want to know when the Lakers score.”

A fan in the crowd shouted, “Lakers down by five.”

“Damn,” said Epps as he playfully got up from his seat and pretended to walk off in frustration. “Thank you.”

To get back to the matter at hand, Mary McNamara, television critic for the L.A. Times and moderator for the evening, asked Epps about his love life on the show.

“Foreman is asexual,” said Epps, poking fun at his character. “We’ll leave that up to Hugh.”

Laurie’s charismatic demeanor and English accent had the women in the audience swooning over the 49-year-old star. The audience interacted with the cast as they shouted out potential love interests for Laurie’s character in the upcoming season.

McNamara used the crowd’s feedback to dive into her next question about character choices and why certain characters are written out of the script.

“The writers had to figure out ways to get rid of doctors,” Leonard said. “We can’t have 17 doctors.”

Executive producers of the show say they find getting rid of characters to be a difficult and unpleasant task.

“Week to week, we did not know what characters were going to stay,” Executive Producer Katie Jacobs said. “When they’d (cast members) get a call from us, they knew they were sunk.”

Jacobs said they would visit them at home after a while, “but when they saw us coming, they would run the other way.”

Epps’s character does not have to worry about getting that phone call or house visit. When talking about the show and its complex plots, Epps said, “As an artist you want to be challenged.”

“It’s good to be challenged,” Epps said. “That’s what keeps you interesting.”

When asked by McNamara if the show has made him a hypochondriac, Epps said, “I wash my hands five times a day now.”

The event was part of the Envelope Screening Series from the Los Angeles Times, along with Olay.

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