Reason 347: He was a Wodehouse fan, and he got to play one of his characters in “Jeeves and Wooster” (Bertie Wooster)
Reason made by @RositaEsteves and me.
-Sue Lawley: Now, had you always been a Wodehouse fan?
Hugh Laurie: I came to Jeeves and Wooster pretty late, in fact. But I had always absolutely adored Wodehouse and therefore we were extremely nervous about something as loved as Wodehouse. I mean he has such a fanatical following.
Sue Lawley: And also because Dennis Pryce and Ian Carmichael were very much set in the nation’s mind as Jeeves and Wooster.
Hugh Laurie: Absolutely. Although, that was twenty-something years before but even so it still. it had still remained in people’s minds as definitive.-
Wodehouse saved my life. By Hugh Laurie
-The first thing you should know, and probably the last, too, is that PG Wodehouse is still the funniest writer ever to have put words on paper. Fact number two: with the Jeeves stories, Wodehouse created the best of the best. I speak as one whose first love was Blandings, and who later took immense pleasure from Psmith, but Jeeves is the jewel, and anyone who tries to tell you different can be shown the door, the mini-cab, the train station, and Terminal 4 at Heathrow with a clear conscience. The world of Jeeves is complete and integral, every bit as structured, layered, ordered, complex and self-contained as King Lear, and considerably funnier.
Now let the pages of the calendar tumble as autumn leaves, until 10 years are understood to have passed. A man came to us - to me and to my comedy partner, Stephen Fry - with a proposition. He asked me if I would like to play Bertram W. Wooster in 23 hours of televised drama, opposite the internationally tall Fry in the role of Jeeves.
"Fiddle," one of us said. I forget which. "Sticks," said the other. "Wodehouse on television? It’s lunacy. A disaster in kit form. Get a grip, man." The man, a television producer, pressed home his argument with skill and determination. "All right," he said, shrugging on his coat. "I’ll ask someone else." "Whoa, hold up," said one of us, shooting a startled look at the other. "Steady," said the other, returning the S. L. with top-spin. There was a pause. "You’ll never get a cab in this weather," we said, in unison.-
Source: http://www.pgwodehousebooks.com/lauriesaved.htm (If can read it, please do it, cause it’s an amazing article.)