Comedian, writer, actor, TV show host and all-round bighead, Stephen Fry, is reported to be so 'cross' that he has been overlooked for the role of Oscar Wilde in the new BBC Two series, 'The Importance Of Being Oscar', that he can feel another bout of Bipolar Disorder coming on.
Fry, who looks like Wilde, speaks like Wilde, acts like Wilde, and, to all intents and purposes, is Wilde, says he is "bereft" at the decision to give the part to Nicholas Rowe, and said it would take him a long time to get over "this most unwelcome snub".
The wit told TheSpoof.com:
"Yes, I'm cross. Upset, I think it's fair to say. Mopey, morbid, miserable, muddled, and so forth. I can't begin to imagine how this lout has been selected to portray Oscar Wilde. I have been waiting all my life to play the role, and I now find that the producers have deigned to ask some upstart to be me. I mean, Wilde."
Asked to explain why he wasn't behind the selection of an established and proven actor, Fry responded, in a slightly strange voice:
"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
And our reporter was in for a further surprise when the former QI host regarded him through narrowed eyelids, and said:
"I can resist everything except temptation."
An embittered Fry finished by pretending to wipe a tear from his eye:
"Nicholas is Scottish, for goodness sake!"