Laurie's suicide pact
The actor admits when he was 18, he was terrified about getting old and promised to kill himself rather than reach middle-age.
But Laurie, who will turn 50 on 11 June (09), insists he never seriously considered following through with his threat.
He says, "I made a pact with friends when we were 18 that we'd kill ourselves before we got to 40. It seemed such a ludicrously distant prospect. You'll never think you know more or feel more acutely or have a clearer insight into existence than you do right now.
"You hope your teenage self would forgive your 50-year-old self. It would be awful to think they'd be ashamed and appalled: that you were a betrayal of everything they thought they'd become."
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