Rob Brydon not ready for Hollywood

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 June 2018
Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon won't try and crack Hollywood until his two young children are older because his family are his priority

Rob Brydon won't try to crack Hollywood until his kids are older.

The 'Swimming With Men' actor insists his family - three adult children from his first marriage to Martina Jones and sons Tom, 10, and seven-year-old George with wife Claire Holland - are his biggest priority so even though he stars alongside the likes of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the upcoming 'Holmes and Watson', he has no plans to try and take his movie career further for some time.

Asked why he hasn't thought about going to Hollywood, he said: "I can answer that. I've got five children!

"People seem to think that your career exists in a vacuum and that your life is defined by your work. My life is not defined by my work. The thing that give me greatest pleasure is not work, but when the family is good.

"And I've done enough over there. I've hosted the LA Baftas twice -- did jokes for George Clooney and Julia Roberts -- and it went down well.

"I did a few episodes of an HBO comedy called 'The Brink'. So I've worked in that environment, ticked that box. Maybe one day, when the kids are older, I'll dip in there again."

The 53-year-old actor is very happy with his life so found it "hard" to relate to his 'Swimming with Men' character, depressed accountant Eric, because he doesn't share his "dissatisfaction".

He told The Times newspaper: "The thing that was hard for me was to recognise the character's dissatisfaction.

"Because with my life, and my career, I've got nothing to complain about. I get to do everything that I want to do. So to play someone who's unhappy, and doesn't like his job, and is basically hiding in a pool, that was hard."

Swimming with Men

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Oliver Parker
  • Cast: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Jane Horrocks, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley
  • UK release: 6 July 2018

Eric (Brydon) is a melancholy accountant in middle life who joins a synchronised swim team at his local pool. This ultra-low-budget offering has a game ensemble who work terrifically well as wisecracking comrades, and Riley as good as their tough coach. It may be The Full Monty with nose clips and goggles but it keeps…