I simply got too old and ugly for romantic comedies!
Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Grant shows why he is taking on grittier work, such as his role alongside Nicole Kidman in The Undoing
After famous for classic rom-coms like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, English celebrity Hugh Grant showcased a darker aspect in his Golden Globe-nominated 2018 function as politician Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal Of her co-star, Aussie actress Kidman gushes:”He has the sharpest humor and he’d thought it all out, how to map the character and build in the back-and-forth of whether you believe him or not, so he actually casts a spell with his performance.”
The ?ercely private actor has also noticed a dramatic change in his personal life over the past decade, with fathered ?ve kids: two with former partner Tinglan Hong and three together with Swedish television manufacturer Anna Eberstein, with whom he tied the knot in an low-key service in 2018.
At exactly what point did you decide to concentrate on darker roles?
I did not exactly choose such functions; they chose me because I just got too old and ugly for romantic comedies! The Undoing has been de?nitely a brand new challenge for me personally, as it does not fall into the character-acting class whatsoever. I’d like to sit interviews and joke,’If you want deep and dark, get Ralph Fiennes.’ However, this is pretty dark and deep, so I guess it’s fun to take a look at that now, also.
My wife is a fantastic tennis player, so that she gets me play each week and that I feel so f***ing stiff after playing tennis recently. I will probably have my hips replaced soon, so I don’t think any of this is all that alluring. But at the exact same time, I have always thought people react better to dark characters and they’re more enjoyable to playwith.
Do you believe people still stereotype you as being like your rom-com personalities?
The parts I played in those movies were always personality roles as far as I was concerned. I am not that person,so it was equally amusing and occasionally exasperating that people thought,’That’s Hugh.’ If you’re looking for me on screen, I was considerably closer to this character in Bridget Jones or maybe About a Boy.
I’d watched her miniseries The Night Manager, with Hugh Laurie, and particularly loved her Danish ?lms, since they are very ?lmy ?lms and right up my street. It was fascinating to see her bring that texture to mainstream television using a very tightly written David E Kelley script and her funny small lenses coming at you from bizarre angles.
How would you describe Jonathan, who has a noble career but is caught up in something quite shameful?
I must be quite careful with my replies because this is a puzzle and a whodunnit to a large extent. Usually, your job as an actor is to be truthful to your personality as you possibly can be, but runs counter to everything you sometimes need to perform in this sort of story, where you’re trying to fool the crowd marginally or maintain a pretence. I will say there are about seven suspects that appear within this narrative, so it provides the viewer a lot to think about and keeps them guessing.
Donald Sutherland plays your dad – in-law from the series. Was it intimidating to use him?
I had been in awe of him, because he is in that icon position for me and that he does bring an unbelievable presence onto the set and on the screen. But he’s actually deeply silly in real life and that I could not have got on better with him. To this day, we send ridiculous mails to one another and I love his sense of humour.
As an older dad, are you keeping your kids away from tech?
They’re too young for mobiles, but they are addicts of it all, naturally. Smart parents say,’No iPad,” or’A half-an-hour of iPad a week,’ but we are not smart parents. We are desperate parents, so I say let them have the damn thing and at least they’ll shut up! [Laughs] So when my – old says,’Pig, pig, pig,’ all day, wanting to watch Peppa Pig, the very best I can do is say,’No pig today, pig at 10 minutes.’