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Why Evans quit Hollywood

Lee Evans says he is quitting Hollywood because he was too lonely in Los Angeles.

The comic is now concentrating on roles in the West End after a movie career that included There's Something About Mary and the Jackie Chan film The Medallion.

He told Teletext: "I was very lonely. It was horrible; I had no mates."

Even if he wanted to return, he says, "I'm not sure if my wife would let me go. Last time I went to LA, I stayed for two years, writing for NBC.

"Also, I made an oath that I wouldn't leave my daughter, who is now ten

Evans will appear on stage next month in Samuel Beckett's Endgame, then will take a starring role in The Producers in November.

And for 2005, he plans another stand-up tour, although no dates have yet been announced.

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Published: 14 Jan 2004

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