Hugh Grant dishes on ‘sickening’ ‘Notting Hill’ segment
“It’s a bit of a joke,” Grant said of the nod to late director Roger Michell.
Hugh Grant has chosen the hill he wants to die on: a ‘Notting Hill’ Easter egg, to be exact.
During a Wired video with “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” co-stars Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez, the dead actor revealed that the ending of the 1999 rom-com “Notting Hill” made him “nauseous” because of a small detail. found it. Also directed by Roger Michell.
Considered a rom-com classic by many over the years, “Notting Hill” stars Julia Roberts as Anna Scott, a famous actress who falls in love with local British bookstore owner William Thacker (Grant) while filming on location. The final scene shows Anna cuddling up to William on a park bench while reading a novel that had special meaning for the late director Michell.
“In that sickening moment at the end, I’m on the bench reading Captain Louis de Bernières Corelli’s Mandolin, which was his next film,” Grant said. “So this is a little joke from Roger Michell, God rest him.”
Michell died in 2021 after starring in films such as ‘Morning Glory’, ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ and ‘My Cousin Rachel’.
In the same video interview, Grant teased former co-star Drew Barrymore about her singing voice in the 2007 rom-com “Music & Lyrics.”
“I’m a little automatic, but not as much as some people,” Grant said of his songs in the film. “Drew Barrymore was with me in that movie and I don’t think he would mind if I said his singing was just terrible. I’ve heard dogs bark better than he sings.”
Grant commented that Barrymore sounded a lot better than me after being “tuned up” because she has heart, voice and rock ‘n’ roll.
Grant recently admitted to losing his temper on set and also went viral for a tense red carpet interview with Ashley Graham ahead of the 2023 Oscars.
“The first day I lost my temper with a woman in my sights,” Grant told Total Film about filming “Dungeons & Dragons” during production. “I assumed it was a studio executive who should have known better. Then it turns out that she is an extremely nice local woman who was the young girl’s escort. Horrible. A lot of hustle and bustle…”
He joked, “I did a Christian Bale,” referring to Bale’s outburst at “Terminator: Redemption” cinematographer Shane Hurlbut after he walked into the set.
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