Reason 197: He accepted L’Oreal’s campaign to donate all the money to charity.
-Q: What made you agree to do it ?
Hugh Laurie: I realized that the money at stake would be enough for instance to build a school in Sierra Leone. When a idea like this cross your mind, you have to act!
Q: Part of what you’ll earn for this will go to charities ?
Hugh Laurie: All of it.-
“They call you up and say, ‘do you want to do this thing?’ I say, ‘no, you’re out of your mind.’ Then they say a sum of money, and it’s huge. I mean, it’s verging on the wicked, really. But: for that money I could build a school in Sierra Leone. Once that thought enters your head, you cannot turn away from it. Because if you do, what you’re really saying is that my pose, the way I present myself, is more important than kids getting an education in Sierra Leone. Who could do that?”- Hugh Laurie
Jay Leno: And people was shocked, I was shocked… that you’re the new face of L’Oreal for men.Now, I not only didn’t know L’Oreal made stuff for men but… I’d love to see how pissed off the other guys that auditioned that didn’t get it, are after finding out you got it…
Hugh Laurie: Well, what are you saying exactly?
JL: I’m just saying… did you audition for this? Is this something you wanted more than anything?
Hugh Laurie: Yeah! This is the summit of my life’s ambitions. No, no, I’m as baffled, I’m as shocked as you and I continue to be so. It doesn’t seem right.
JL: Oh! I mean you’re a handsome man but…
Hugh laurie: Oh thank you! Thank you.
JL: How does this come about? did you approach them, did they approach you?
Hugh laurie: They approach me. […] No, well for me it’s more of a charitable adventure, I am… the profits of this for me will be going to do good things around the world. Besides making me look very moist and…
The Tonight show with Jay Leno 03-10-2011.