Hugh John Mungo Grant (born 9 September 1960) is a British actor and film producer. He has received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Honorary César. His films have earned more than US$2.4 billion from 25 theatrical releases worldwide. Grant achieved international success after appearing in the Richard Curtis-scripted Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). He used this breakthrough role as a frequent cinematic persona during the 1990s, delivering comic performances in mainstream films like Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and Notting Hill (1999). By the turn of the 21st century, he had established himself as a leading man skilled with a satirical comic talent. Grant has expanded his oeuvre with critically acclaimed turns as a cad in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), About a Boy (2002), and American Dreamz (2006). He later played against type with multiple cameo roles in the epic drama film Cloud Atlas (2012).
1. BASICALLY, MY LIFE IS SO BORING, IT’S EMBARRASSING.
2. WOMEN ARE FRIGHTENING. IF YOU GET TO 41 AS A MAN, YOU’RE QUITE BATTLE-SCARRED.
3. THE REASON I TURN DOWN 99% OF A HUNDRED, I MEAN A THOUSAND, SCRIPTS IS BECAUSE ROMANTIC COMEDIES ARE OFTEN VERY ROMANTIC BUT SELDOM VERY FUNNY.
4. I FIND IT HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY SCORSESE HAS NEVER CALLED. YOU KNOW, GIVEN THE NATURAL MENACE I BRING TO THE SCREEN.
5. STRANGELY ENOUGH I’M BETTER ON A STAGE. I LOVE THAT I FEEL LIKE I BLOSSOM IN FRONT OF A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE.
6. MOST ACTORS REALLY LOVE IT, THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. THEY BURN TO DO IT. AND SO THEY’LL READ A SCRIPT AND THINK, THAT’S AN INTERESTING PART. AND BECAUSE THEY LOVE ACTING, THAT BLINDS THEM TO THE FACT THAT THE REST OF IT IS PRETENTIOUS NONSENSE, WHICH IT VERY OFTEN IS.
7. I DON’T THINK THERE’S MUCH POINT IN PUTTING ME A DEEP, DARK, HEAVY, EMOTIONAL FILM BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DO IT SO MUCH BETTER THAN I DO.
8. I THINK THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF BRIDGET JONES. IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT IT’S OKAY TO FAIL.
9. PLUS, TEACHING BRINGS HOME TO YOU VERY FAST THAT YOU ACTUALLY KNOW NOTHING. I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT BEFORE.
10. THE ONLY REASON MY WORK SEEMS TO BE ECLECTIC UP TO A CERTAIN PERIOD IS BECAUSE I WAS A FAILURE AS AN ACTOR.
11. WITH 2 MOVIES OPENING THIS SUMMER, I HAVE NO RELAXING TIME AT ALL. WHATEVER I HAVE IS SPENT IN A DRUNKEN STUPOR.
12. AT HOME, I HARDLY EVER LEAVE LONDON. I DON’T LIKE THE COUNTRYSIDE IN ENGLAND.
13. I COULDN’T PUT MY HAND ON MY HEART AND SAY I THINK THAT BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP IS A NATURAL STATE FOR A HUMAN BEING.
14. YOU KNOW EVERYONE LOVES TO BE THE VILLAIN.
15. WHEN I THINK ABOUT ACTORS I KNOW, I’D MUCH RATHER HEAR ABOUT WHO THEY’RE SHAGGING THAN WHAT FILM THEY’RE DOING NEXT.
16. THE MORAL OF FILMMAKING IN BRITAIN IS THAT YOU WILL BE SCREWED BY THE WEATHER.
17. NEITHER ELIZABETH OR I ARE KEEN TO DO A REAL-LIFE COUPLE ON THE SCREEN. IT’S NOT VERY ELECTRIC.
18. I THINK MAYBE IN A WAY IT GETS WORSE BECAUSE YOU COME IN WITH A REAL REPUTATION AND THEY’VE PAID YOU LOTS OF MONEY AND ALL THAT.
19. I DON’T HAVE ANY PARTICULAR BURNING DESIRE TO GO BACK TO BEING CUDDLY. NOT REALLY.
20. AND FILM ACTING IS INCREDIBLY TEDIOUS, JUST BY ITS NATURE. IT’S INCREDIBLY, MIND NUMBINGLY SLOW.
21. BUT I JUST KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT ACCENT WISE, EVEN IF YOU’RE AN ACCENT GENIUS, CROSSING THE ATLANTIC IS THE HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD EITHER WAY.
22. FOR ANY NEW TECHNOLOGY THERE IS ALWAYS CONTROVERSY AND THERE ALWAYS SOME FEAR ASSOCIATED WITH IT. I THINK THAT’S JUST THE PRICE OF BEING FIRST SOMETIMES.
23. I HAD COURTNEY LOVE’S LEFT BOSOM OUT OF HER DRESS ON MY PLATE IN FRONT OF ME. IT WAS EXTRAORDINARY. I DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO LOOK.
24. AND I PARTICULARLY LIKE THE WHOLE THING OF BEING BOSS. BOSS AND EMPLOYEE… IT’S THE SLAVE QUALITY THAT I FIND VERY ALLURING.
25. I’M A LAUGH TART. I MAKE NO SECRET OF THAT FACT.