When faced with the decision of naming the film, he wished he could retire it or eat worm and mayonnaise sheep pie, Hugh Grant had to think long and hard.
The English actor and Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves co-star Chris Pine appeared on the March 29 episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, where they embarked on a hilarious game of “Spill your guts or fill your guts.”
If Grant, 62, didn’t name a movie to delete from his IMDB page, he’d have to eat the cake. The actor smiled and said he’d “happily shred” his online resume because he’s “specialized in being bad for decades.”
While Corden disagreed, Grant explained that saying his work was bad is one thing for him, “but I can’t put down the rest of the wonderful colleagues who worked with me on any film by saying say it was bad.”
Despite his dilemma, the British star named a project: “The Lady and the Highwayman”.
The film was a 1988 TV movie in which he portrayed Lord Lucius Vyne. After his IMDB Page, The synopsis reads: “A swashbuckling tale of romance, betrayal, jealousy, banditry, murder and court intrigue set in the 1660s, during the restoration of the English throne by King Charles II.”
“I’m a highway man. I’m supposed to be sexy,” said Grant, who was 28 when the film was released. “Low budget, bad wig, bad hat. I look like Deputy Dawg.”
“When I’m tense, my voice goes two octaves higher. Deputy Dawg would jump out of the trees when a carriage passed and say, ‘Get up and deliver!’” he added when the film’s poster hit the screen, apologizing to his “wonderful colleagues”.
Fans of the actor know that he directed some of the biggest rom-coms, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. “Notting Hill” Among others, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, “2 Weeks Notice” and “Love Actually”.
In a 2019 interview with the hollywood reporter, He joked that he was “too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore, so I’ve been doing other things now and I have slightly less self-loathing.”
The following year, Grant went on to explain why he decided to leave Hollywood and the romantic comedies that made him a star.
“I developed a bad attitude from around 2005, just after ‘Music and Lyrics,'” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2020 of his film with Drew Barrymore. “I just had enough.”
When 2009’s “Have You Heard About the Morgans?” Starring Sarah Jessica Parker flopped, he knew something was different.
“I didn’t give up on Hollywood at that point. Hollywood gave me up for doing such a massive turkey with Sarah Jessica Parker on this movie,” he said. “Whether I wanted to or not, the days of being a very well-paid leading actor were suddenly over overnight.”
However, when Grant promoted the drama series The Undoing in 2020, he joked that he would love to do it make a sequel to Notting Hill – but it’s not what you think it is.
“I’d love to do a sequel to one of my own romantic comedies that shows what happened after those movies ended, to really prove the horrible lie they all were that it was a happy ending,” Grant said. “I’d love to do me and Julia and the horrible divorce that followed, with really expensive lawyers and kids caught up in a love tug of war, floods of tears, psychologically scarred forever.”
This article was originally published on TODAY.com
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