EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Hugh Laurie talks 'Arthur Christmas'

Monday, 21 November 2011 16:33
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Opening in U.S. theaters on November 23rd is the new 3D computer animated holiday film from Aardman Animations (Chicken Run, Flushed Away) entitled Arthur Christmas. The film is set on the North Pole and tells the story of Santa's son Arthur Christmas, who in order to save the beloved holiday must complete a important mission before Christmas morning.

The movie features an impressive cast of actors lending their voices to the project including James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), Hugh Laurie (TV's House), Jim Broadbent (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Ashley Jensen (Gnomeo & Juliet), Joan Cusack (Toy Story 3), Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda), Dominic West (300), and Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down and speak with actor Hugh Laurie about his work in Arthur Christmas. The Golden Globe award-winning actor discussed the new film, his character's similarities to our former President George W. Bush, Christmas across the pond, and the freedom that comes with voice acting.

To watch our exclusive interview with Hugh Laurie about Arthur Christmas, please click on the video player above.


Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: "How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?" The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic ... a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur (McAvoy), with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. 

Arthur Christmas slides down the chimney and into U.S. theaters on November 23rd.

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