British actor Hugh Laurie became so tired of the gruelling schedule for hit U.S. Tv show House, he would fantasise about becoming involved in accidents on the way to work to avoid filming.
The 53 year old won two Golden Globes for his portrayal of Dr. Gregory House on the medical series, which ended last year (12), but Laurie reveals he often dreaded going to the set.
He tells Britain's Radio Times, "(It was a) gilded cage. At this distance it all sounds absurd. Ridiculous! After all, what was I doing other than playing about, telling stories with a very nice bunch of people? What could be constricting about that? But the repetition of any routine, day after month after year, can turn into a bit of a nightmare.
"I had some pretty bleak times, dark days when it seemed like there was no escape. And having a very Presbyterian work ethic, I was determined never to be late, not to miss a single day's filming. You wouldn't catch me phoning in to say, 'I think I may be coming down with the flu'.
"But there were times when I'd think, 'If I were just to have an accident on the way to the studio and win a couple of days off to recover, how brilliant would that be?'"
The star has no plans to tackle another major series in the future: "If the opportunity presented itself, I'm not sure I'd either want or could physically do it. I imagine sportsmen come to a similar crossroads."
Laurie lived in Los Angeles while working on House and has since returned to his family home in the U.K., and he admits the adjustment has been strange.
He adds, "Probably more so for the family. For me it's been a delight to be back with them, to walk the dog, to listen to music and to read. I'm still appreciating and enjoying it."