“He’s evil, but what makes him almost worse is that he’s plausibly charmingly evil,” reveals actor Hugh Laurie about his role as Richard Roper in the new AMC limited series “The Night Manager.” In our recent interview (watch above), he adds, “Someone who is evil but hopeless like the bomber who blows himself up because he doesn’t know how to wire the bomb, we don’t have to worry about that so much. It’s the people who are good at being evil, and he’s good, he’s clever, he’s resourceful, and pretty fearless.”
Based on the acclaimed 1993 John le Carre novel, the six-part program debuts April 19, coming off a hugely successful run on the BBC in the United Kingdom. The focus is on the title character of Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), the night manager of a lavish hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Pine is looking for revenge following a tragic turn of events early in the first episode and is recruited by a British operative (Olivia Colman) to help take down the villainous international arms dealer Roper.
Roper has a select group of family and friends who are very loyal to him. He has the ability to size up virtually anyone, and Laurie says, “It’s part of what makes him scary but also part of what makes him attractive. I think if I was in his orbit, there’s something enjoyable about being with people who see you for who you are, even if what they’re seeing is not flattering.”
The British actor is well known in America for his long-running role as a doctor on the Fox drama “House” (2004-2011). During those years he received six acting nominations at the Emmy Awards and one for producing the program. He won two Golden Globes (2006, 2007) and two SAG Awards (2007, 2009) for the role.