Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


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The actor is offended by Planet Hollywood but could drink lattes all day in Hammersmith Grove Where do you live and why?

In Shepherd's Bush. I was living in Kentish Town but fancied a change. It's not so much a move up or down: more of a lateral movement.

How long have you lived there?

Two and a half years. Before Kentish Town, I was doing the actor thing of sleeping on other people's sofas and raiding their fridges when they were at work.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Avoid Planet Hollywood. The place offends my sensibilities.

What have been your most memorable London meals?

Assaggi in Notting Hill. I love the way they talk you through the menu. It's fantastically theatrical.

What is your earliest London memory?

My dad was an animator and had a studio on Wardour Mews. In the mid-Seventies, I recall waiting at the corner, sipping on a can of pop as the punks walked through Soho wearing bin-liner outfits.

What are your favourite home comforts?

A plastic stool that cost me [pounds sterling]6. Since I've banished myself from the house when I smoke, it's my all-purpose outside entertainment seat. It's my thinking seat, my rehearsal seat, my smoking seat, my coffee seat.

What are your extravagances?

Lattes. I normally take a sip, then I don't touch them again. I spend about [pounds sterling]30 a day on the bloody things.

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

I'd remove the word village from any area that has had it added since 1995. Village status, as bestowed by Foxtons, doesn't count.

What is your life philosophy?

F*** 'em if they can't take a joke.

What items are in your summer wardrobe?

In rehearsal, I wear grey trousers and any old top. But I'm rather fond of my dark brown grandad boots.

What are your current projects?

A film called The Holiday with Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Cameron Diaz. It's a starry cast but the trade-off is that I have to play a twat. …

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