Reason 106: Mr. Fredrick Little (Stuart Little)
"Stuart Little, inspired by E.B. White’s children’s story, is about the challenges faced by the Little family as they welcome a new member, an adopted son who happens to be a mouse. Stuart Little gives us a father who is both full of love and guidance for his children, and a rock when crisis strikes. The crisis in this case is the diabolical plotting of a cabal of cats to do away with little Stuart. When all seems lost, it is the father who gives his family both the love and strength to make it to the happy ending."
I: You obviously have a large role in the movie, but the star of the film is the mouse.
Hugh Laurie: The mouse, and my ankles.(both laugh) My ankles do feature a lot… for which I worked very hard. Very toned. I had an ankle regime which I went through every day.
“Hugh Laurie was doing a scene in which he had to carry Stuart down the stairs and talk to him on the way down, and then set him down. When he was halfway through the scene, something went wrong, and I said, ‘Okay, cut.’ And Hugh, instead of dropping his hands to his side, actually went over and put the Stuart he was imagining holding on the ground as if it was the real thing. I thought that was pretty good if the actors were starting to treat this invisible entity as something that would be injured if you dropped your hand!” Rob Minkoff. Director of Stuart Little.