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Hugh Laurie is bemused by Twitter

Hugh Laurie (l) and Stephen Fry
The pair worked together for many years on several projects

Hugh Laurie has revealed he "does not understand" Twitter, despite his ex-comedy partner Stephen Fry being a huge fan of the micro-blogging site.

Speaking on Radio 4's Front Row programme, the 49-year-old revealed he has a profile, but is "bothered by the social cost of every tweet".

He added: "As I look around my friends' tweets I see banality on all sides. I don't understand the purpose of it."

Laurie says despite their opposing views, he hopes to work with Fry again.

'Satisfying thing'

"We love to do things together, but we're just hopeless planners," he said.

The pair worked together on various projects, including Jeeves and Wooster and their sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

The actor, who is currently publicising a new series of the US medical drama House, said he is seeing a lot of Fry at work.

"Oddly enough, he now plays a role in this show Bones that actually shoots next door to House, so we wind up eating lunch in the same cafeteria."

Despite revealing he does not participate much on Twitter, he said his friend's comments were "the absolute best - the cream of the crop".

He added: "I think if people were able to take these 140 characters and develop a poetic Western form - a haiku of our own in which all human existence could be compressed into those 140 characters - that would be a satisfying thing, but that's not what I see when I read them."

The full interview can be heard on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on 28 May from BST 1915.



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