Hugh Grant Reveals Why He Left Acting and What Inspired Him To Do ‘The Undoing’

by Jeremy Spirogis
British actor Hugh Grant and his wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein

Actor Hugh Grant was the breakout star of many romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually, however he finally backed away from the highlight and the roles that catapulted him to stardom.

British actor Hugh Grant and his wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein
British actor Hugh Grant and his spouse Anna Elisabet Eberstein | Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP by way of Getty Images

Essentially, Grant was prepared to maneuver on from being a rom-com lead however Hollywood didn’t movement with him when he determined to downshift. “I developed a nasty perspective from about 2005 onwards, shortly after Music and Lyrics,” he advised the Los Angeles Times. “I just had enough. Then I went back in 2009 and made another film.”

“At that point, it wasn’t me giving up Hollywood,” he continued. “Hollywood gave me up as a result of I made such an enormous turkey with that movie with Sarah Jessica Parker [Did You Hear About the Morgans?]. Whether I needed to or not after that, the times of being a really well-paid main man had been all of the sudden gone in a single day. It was barely embarrassing but it surely left life free for different issues.”

Grant dove into politics and activism, however finally returned to appearing. His portrayal as Jonathan Fraser in The Undoing is a return to his unique roots and theatrical intention.

Hugh Grant initially turned a personality actor

Grant by no means supposed to develop into a number one man, however as a substitute sought character roles. “Whatever it is perhaps, Four Weddings and a Funeral or Two Weeks Notice, my course of was all the time the identical as it’s now,” he advised the LA Times.

“I do a ridiculous amount of homework and granular analysis of every moment in the film,” he mentioned. “I build up these vast biographies of the character. Hiding behind the mask of someone else seems to loosen me up and make me better. And in the end, one thing I have discovered over the years is all you really want in film acting is to be loose.”

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Fans questioned if Grant’s characters in movies like Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Wedding and a Funeral had been variations of himself. But Grant mentioned he truly turned a model of the filmmaker, Richard Curtis.

“That always made me grind my teeth a bit,” he mentioned concerning the notion that the characters had been like himself. “Because that character in the Richard Curtis films was a bit repetitious. But it wasn’t me. It’s really kind of Richard.”

The new period of Hugh Grant

Grant shared that turning into a household man with a spouse and youngsters remodeled him personally and professionally. “When you say how have I changed as an actor, I strongly suspect that having these children has really helped. Because suddenly, instead of being a half-atrophied, middle-aged golfer, I’m a man with a life full of love. I love my wife, I love my children. They love me. And, suddenly — very unusual for an Englishman — I have all this access to emotion. Almost too much access. Sometimes it’s hard to keep it down.”

In The Undoing, Grant performs a household man with an ocean of secrets and techniques. He needed to play the half as a result of he merely couldn’t put down the script.

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“There’s not an enormous variety of laughs in The Undoing,” he advised the LA Times. “But I’m not sure that was why I did it. I did it because it was a very classy project and it was a script that made me turn the pages, which is very rare because normally I’m asleep by page six of most scripts I read.”

“For 10 years now at least I’ve been trying not to be [the] sort of romantic Englishman who is in love,” he added. “I’ve been trying to do more character roles. I’m not entirely sure that this is a character role. I wanted to make it that way and then, quite near to production, Susanne Bier very politely told me to dump all that.”

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