Talking to the Press
Hugh Grant on . . .
- "I think in a way there
is an upside to me being very difficult, and the thing I'm really
difficult about is the script. I won't do it unless the script has got
there or, at the very least, that my part has got there. And even when
I come to shoot it, I will try 16 different things."
- "But it has become a
form of madness, it really has, to the point of meltdown. And on this
film, the second day, I had a meltdown. It was the scene when Colin
comes and challenges me to go outside and fight him."
- "Suddenly all this sort
of neurosis got to me and I had my first ever full-scale attack of
stage fright. It was very alarming for everyone concerned. I had to get
to about take 30 before I could even remember my lines."
- "I don't think they're
automatically to be despised" (but he did ask that the screenplay be
- "There was a lot
of coming and going about the script and my part (because) I was not
convinced that Daniel Cleaver would go into television, a medium he
despises. But I got my head around that."
- "It was the same approach as in the
first one, which was to make sure that it was as crappy as we wanted it
to be. The key was to stop the stunt co-ordinator from coming in to
make it look like a film fight. We just wanted it to be two pathetic
Englishmen scared of each other, throwing their handbags at each other,
working with "real" women
- "I remember saying to my agent that
the next three jobs I do, I want them to be about slightly overweight
women. (That's not the truth, of course, but the line gets its
laugh.) Any man will tell you that we don't
necessarily want what we see in Vogue or whatever."
now back to the studio"
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