Hugh Laurie wanted to make The Night Manager 25 years ago – and play Tom Hiddleston’s part
Hugh Laurie plays “the worst man in the world” in BBC One’s The Night Manager – but things might have turned out very differently.
Laurie – a “devoted admirer” of spy writer John le Carré - attempted to option the rights to the author’s 1993 book when it was first published.
What’s more, he had designs on playing the novel’s protagonist – hotel night manager Jonathan Pine – in any potential adaptation.
“What is so frightening about Roper is his competence, his intelligence, his confidence, his imagination, his daring. These are the qualities that make him dangerous, besides malice and cruelty – which he also possesses.
“I don’t think there’s any harm in acknowledging that the devil has good tunes. Of course, the devil is bound to have a superficial charm – there must be something seductive about him, otherwise he’d be a pretty useless devil.”
The Night Manager will arrive on BBC One later this month.