British actor Laurence Fox is currently starring opposite Tom Conti in The Patriotic Traitor onstage in London’s West End. Tuesday night’s production was repeatedly interrupted by a loud heckler, and it proved too much for Fox, who swore at the heckler before storming off stage. “I won’t bother telling you the story because this c*** in the front row has ruined it for everybody,” said the actor, who did not return for the curtain call. Fox later apologized for his outburst. “It was a very emotional part of the play and I was very upset about it,” Fox told the BBC. “What happened was, the gentleman in the theatre started muttering and heckling early on during the play and then towards the end started telling me to f-off and sort of moaning about various things. It became so loud and so impossible to deal with.”
Fox portrays French statesman Charles de Gaulle in the play. Perhaps he should be less concerned with rude hecklers and more worried that his uncle, Edward Fox, might decide to see the production. After all, didn’t his uncle try to kill de Gaulle once?