Bacchus 47 Hugh Laurie relishes time in New Orleans


Posted on February 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 7:40 PM

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Actor Hugh Laurie jumped right into an Oscar-worthy performance in his role as Bacchus 47 and was an immediate crowd pleaser at Children's Hospital.

"Last week, I happened to be at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen. This is much cooler," Laurie said to cheers.

"Oh it's cool, and guess what I asked him, before he leaves? 'Do some surgery before you leave,'" said Children's staffer Coralee Smith.

"He is a really cute guy," said Jessica Leonard of Chackbay, whose son Ben is a patient. "He gave our son two doubloons personally and talked to him and made sure he is okay."

Laurie is also a talented musician who has always loved New Orleans and musicians like the Bucktown All-Stars.

"The fact that this is going on, not on every street corner, but pretty damn close to it. How can you not love a city that has this at its heart?" asked Laurie.

He loves New Orleans so much he was afraid to make his first visit.

"I was anxious about coming to this city for so long, because when you have something in your mind, this golden, this golden place in your mind, you worry that when you arrive there, it'll be banks and shoes shops like everywhere else. So I didn't come for  a long time, because I was, but when I came, My God!"

Laurie has never been to Mardi Gras, so when he had the microphone, I tried to fill him in. "I've been going to Mardi Gras all my life. You are going to have a ball."

"What you're saying is, you're better qualified," he replied.

"No, I'm not qualified to be king."

"I agree, I'm not qualified, but that's part of the thrill for me, this is going to be a wekeend of total discovery and adventure for me," Laurie said.

It will be a treat for Hugh Laurie, and the crowd.