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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hugh Grant, answering everything

Though I’ll confess to finding the Reddit site confusing as hell (surely I’m not the only one?), I do enjoy reading the AMA (Ask Me Anything) chats posted there, particularly those from actors, writers, directors and the like. On Friday, Hugh Grant popped round to answer some questions (he’s got a rom-com, “The Rewrite,” opening this month in London; no word yet on when we’ll see it her), and he was, of course, delightful. A few highlights:

Q: What is the worst part about being famous?

A: It’s pretty much lovely all around, to tell the truth. And don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

Q: What is the strangest thing you’ve had happen or done yourself on set?

A: Ehm… I once had to do a scene with a giraffe. It was challenging. The giraffe was actually excellent. But I was not at my best that day. I’ve also worked with a live grizzly bear, who was charming. And with whom I talked about theater during the lunch break.

Q: In a romantic comedy battle royale between you and John Cusack, who would win and why?

A: Ehm – well, when it comes to acting, he would win. But if it came to a straight fistfight, I would take that bitch down.

Q: Are you still in contact with Julia Roberts?

A: I do occasionally bump into her. But I don’t call her anymore. Not since the restraining order.

Q: Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of the funniest movies ever made. What’s your favorite story from filming that movie?

A: I’m just glad that it turned out well. Halfway through filming, they screened about 20 minutes of the film for the cast and crew. There wasn’t a single laugh in it. And I had to be helped, sobbing, back to the set to work that afternoon.

Q: You almost became James Bond back in 1995. If you could and were offered, would you go back and take the role? Do you think being James Bond could have changed your life for the better, and maybe make you see the acting profession in a different light?

A: I never was offered James Bond, sadly. Which is a shame, because I think I would look nice in a white tuxedo. And I do love to kill.

Q: Do you think playing a villain role would be something you’d like to try? Or any other genres you want to act in other than what you usually get cast in?

A: I have played villains. In fact, before Four Weddings and a Funeral, I played so many that people used to ask me “Didn’t you ever want to play a nice guy?”

Generally speaking, I was an evil champagne baron selling the family champagne to the Nazis. I think I played that role about 12 times.

Oh, just read the whole thing here.

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