Veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer is not seen in the movie Hector and the the Search for Happiness until 96 minutes have elapsed in the 120-minute movie, also starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, and Toni Collette.

Plummer plays an LA-based happiness guru. “I did suggest they cut some of that and get straight to me after five minutes, “ the actor recently quipped to The Guardian. In fact, he didn’t resent the 96-minute delay before his appearance, because he “rather liked” his character.

“He was like the Stephen Hawking of happiness, very Tom Stoppardian. It's a delightful movie. Simon Pegg is terribly talented, very funny, such a delicious sense of humour. And there's Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette: it couldn't be all bad.”

His character in the movie talks about childhood's "moments of untarnished joy" He himself was always a happy kid growing up in Quebec. "I'd play the piano fairly well. I did all sorts of things fairly well. But who the hell wants to be happy all the time? It's a miserable state to be in permanently. Can you imagine how dreary that would be?"

Currently he is preparing for his role in a movie about German who is trying to find the Nazis who killed his family in the concentration camps. “It's a very depressing, but well put-together story," says the actor.

Read Paddy Kehoe’s review of Hector and the the Search for Happiness here