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Knives Out Star Hugh Grant Regrets Almost Killing $150M Fortune With “Terrible” European Miniseries: “There were pretty actresses in it I wanted to spend time with”

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Hugh Grant is one of the most charismatic and renowned actors in the industry, and he can play charming and witty characters with ease. The actor burst out into the scene with his natural charm and humor earning him millions of fans. Over the years, the actor has cemented his legacy as a versatile actor who can do a plethora of roles with ease.

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Hugh Grant

A career that spans decades, with numerous blockbuster films like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sense and Sensibility, Notting Hill, and many more. However, Hugh Grant told in an interview, how he sabotaged his acting career due to the films he made, almost killing his career before it even began.

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Hugh Grant Made Some Wrong Decisions in his Early Career

During an interview with Fresh Air, the Bitter Moon Actor stated his early films were questionable in quality. He explained that enjoyed doing it because he managed to sell out and he was paid well which he called “Euro Puddings” which had beautiful actresses in it. 

Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral
Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral

“I managed to sell out and just do highly paid, terrible miniseries and very odd European, what I called ‘Euro puddings,’ where they’d be written by a Spaniard directed by a German, [with] English actors. They were awful and they never got really released properly. But, you know, it sounded like fun. There were pretty actresses in it that I wanted to spend time with and I did things for all the wrong motives.”

The actor continued that these Euro pudding films almost killed his career but Four Weddings and a Funeral, the 1994 renowned film helped him to save his career.

“And it very nearly utterly killed my career before suddenly Four Weddings came along a few years later.”

The film was a life-changing opportunity for the actor because his performance was charming but a little flawed. But it was the perfect film for the actor because of his charm and charisma, he became a great choice for making rom-com movies.

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Hugh Grant Was Surprised When he Bagged his Role in Four Weddings and a Funeral

In the same interview, Hugh Grant said he was quite surprised when he bagged the script for the movie because he was doing mediocre work, thinking it was a mistake. Grant even made sure to call his agent if the script of the movie was for him because he “sent me a good script.”

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A still from Four Weddings and a Funeral

“Things were in pretty bad state in terms of proper acting for me and then the script came through and I remember calling my agent and saying, ‘I think there’s been a mistake, because you sent me a good script.’”

The actor continued his entertaining mishap because he had similar experiences with them before. He said that he went for the auditions and the director of the film found him quite promising, which helped him in turning his career for good.

“And they did have a track record of doing that. They’d done it once before. And I’d called and said, ‘Hang on, this is good. And you sure it was meant for me?’ And they’d said, ‘No, sorry. This is meant for Tom Cruise.’ That was Jerry Maguire.”

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Four Weddings and a Funeral

“Then the Four Weddings script came through and it was really funny and I went for the audition and Richard Curtis, who’d written it, hated me, and Duncan Kenworthy, who was producing it, hated me, but Mike Newell, who was directing it, thought I was promising, and I got the part and that started a whole new thing in my career.”

Hugh Grant was a fantastic addition to the film because, in his role, he brought a vulnerability to the character which made him different from other characters. Moreover, his comic timing was spot-on, making him an iconic actor and the film earning $245.7 million globally.

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Four Weddings and a Funeral can be streamed on Amazon.

Source: Fresh Air 


Written by Tushar Auddy

A voracious reader and a wordsmith at heart. Tushar is a student of Linguistics, who's always on the lookout for a good book or a captivating story. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him scribbling down his thoughts and musings, always eager to capture the beauty of language.