"I'm going to do about 20 miles a day each day. I've been training eight hours a day, as much as I can." British comedian David Walliams is tackling a gruelling training regime ahead of swimming the length of England's River Thames next week (beg05Sep11).
The Little Britain comic is preparing to swim the length of England's River Thames next week (beg05Sep11) to raise money for charity.
The funnyman admits his training has been punishing, telling London's ES Magazine, "I was hit by rowing boat oars, attacked by swans and got covered in insect bites from all the bugs that live in the weeds. It was also very, very cold."
But Walliams insists exercise has saved him from going wild, recalling the Little Britain: Live comedy tour which coincided with training for his swim across the English Channel in 2006.
He adds, "Many people in my position - comedians or musicians - might have taken advantage of the situation, going out after each show and getting drunk and high, trying to s**g anything that moved.
"Instead I'd go back to the hotel, have some herbal tea, go to bed, get up, swim for three or four hours, have lunch and do another live show. It put me on an even keel."
The Little Britain star is preparing to tackle England's River Thames next month (Sep11) to raise money for U.K. charity Comic Relief, which raises money for good causes.
Walliams visited Kenya last month (Jul11) to see how the money is used, and he was shocked to discover one little boy he met, named Phillip, had lived on the streets after both his parents died.
And the comedian hopes to raise as much sponsorship cash as possible to help fund the Hope for Victoria Children (HOVIC) centre, which the youngster uses as a refuge.
Walliams tells Britain's The Sun, "This centre, as inspiring as it is, can cope with only 160 children at any one time - so more places like this are needed.
"For every Phillip rescued, you also rescue from the same fate any kids he will have. It is the way to break a cycle. Just a fiver could provide a month's meals for a street kid in Kenya, a tenner could pay for a day's schooling for 30 youngsters.
"So when I'm pounding down the Thames like a lunatic and you get the chance to sponsor me, please just remember the power of what you can achieve. If you were standing in front of a boy like Phillip and knew you could help him, you'd do it like a shot. This is no different."
The Little Britain funnyman hit the milestone over the weekend and decided to indulge in some quality time with his gorgeous wife, model Lara Stone, and showbiz pals, including Noel Gallagher, Natalie Imbruglia, Holly Valance and Gary Barlow.
The famous group descended on the luxury seafood restaurant Scott's in London's affluent Mayfair area, and popped Champagne and downed oysters.
However, missing from the party was Walliams' comedy partner Matt Lucas - who was appearing on stage nearby for a production of Les Miserables.
Stiller has written a script for a sequel to the hit 2001 comedy, and is hoping to release the second installment next year (12).
And the Dutch beauty, who is married to British funnyman David Walliams, is eager to land a part in the film.
She tells Vogue magazine, "I would love to be in Zoolander 2. I'd be so good at that 'Blue Steel' pose. I think I'd enjoy doing that, it'd be funny. I'd like to try acting if the right part came along, but I'm not actively looking - I'm pretty busy at the moment."
But there's one career path Stone would not consider: "I definitely could never go into singing at all ever though, unless it was for a huge joke. I don't even sing in the shower. Actually the other day I was in the shower and I didn't realise my husband was in, and I sang away to myself. I got out and he gave me the most disdainful look."
The TV star has been linked to a series of beauties, including British model/actress Kelly Brook, but he only had eyes for one woman at the Rocket Man's lavish fundraising party last Thursday (23Jun11) when he took along his new love, model Renee Puente.
A source tells JustJared.com, "They looked really cute together. Matt held Renee's hand during the event and in the car as they were leaving."
And the party was an impressive one to take the lucky lady to - George Michael provided the entertainment for the likes of British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley and funnyman David Walliams.
The comedians are currently working on separate TV projects, and Lucas is also about to return to his role in Les Miserables in London's West End, prompting speculation he will no longer be working with Walliams.
But Lucas reached out to fans on Thursday (16Jun11) to insist the comedy duo has not split.
In a post on his Twitter.com blog, he writes, "Some Tweeters and newspapers assuming that because we are doing our own shows, me and Dave have split up. We haven't!"
The Little Britain star and model Stone marked their first wedding anniversary in May (10) and the comedian is keen for them to cement their relationship with a baby.
He admits meeting Sir Elton's son, Zachary, and his funnyman friend James Corden's new arrival, Max, has just added to his longing for a child.
He tells Britain's Heat magazine, "I have met Zachary and he's beautiful. I've got so many friends who've got new babies. I went to see James Corden's baby Max... and my friend (actor) Rafe Spall also has a new baby. (Actor) Rob Brydon and his wife are about to have a new one, too. Everyone's got a baby except me...
"I'd very much like to have a baby... but I just hope they don't end up like me! In terms of the timing, in some ways, you think it's not the right time. But then you wonder how you know when is the right time. So it is something we're thinking about. I just don't know when."
The Little Britain star was linked to Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia, actress Patsy Kensit and George Clooney's model ex Lisa Snowdon before marrying Dutch supermodel Lara Stone last year (10).
Now Walliams is set to document his romances with his first memoir after negotiating a $3.2 million (£2 million) deal with publishing executives.
The actor will also detail his career and rise to fame with comedy partner Matt Lucas, according to Britain's News of the World.
The Little Britain funnyman loves to surprise his pals by calling them onstage when he's presenting an event for U.K. charity Comic Relief and then yanking their trousers down.
He pulled the stunt on superproducer Ronson at a venue in London in 2009 - but he's now promised to quit the practical joke because the DJ was so upset at being targeted.
Walliams tells Britain's Buzz magazine, "I don't think Mark knew quite what he was letting himself in for. I have apologised profusely to him many times since. But he's Mr Cool. He didn't really need to have his trousers pulled down by me. I think maybe it's time for me to move on and not pull down any more people's trousers onstage."