It’s our favourite English bad boy’s 60th birthday (Sept. 9) today, and to celebrate, let’s take a look at a few things you might not have known about Hugh Grant.
Hugh Grant was tapped to play Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in « Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets » but had to drop out after taking on a role in « Two Weeks’ Notice » next to Sandra Bullock.
The part of Lockhart went to Kenneth Branagh.
« Hannibal » creator Bryan Fuller wanted the lead role of Hannibal Lecter in his NBC series to go to Hugh Grant.
Fuller chatted with Collider about the decision, “We were dealing with a very American network that wanted a very American actor to sell to American audiences, and all the creatives on the show wanted somebody who was the best person for the role. »
Despite his iconic dance moves featured in « Love Actually », Hugh Grant hates to dance.
The actor once told Variety that the scene was « absolute hell » to film.
Hugh Grant studied at Oxford University before pursuing a career in acting. There, he studied English before switching to theatre.
When Charlie Sheen left « Two And A Half Men » in 2012, showrunners had a Brit on their mind to take over: Hugh Grant.
The actor ultimately turned down the role, which went to Ashton Kutcher.
“The problem was, they didn’t have a script for the new character,” Grant told Howard Stern. “They just said, ‘Trust us, we’ll create one.’… They make brilliant TV shows, but I said, ‘I’m too scared to sign up without a script.’”
After a few rough years with no jobs, Hugh Grant almost gave up on acting completely. But just before walking away, Grant landed his breakthrough role in « Four Weddings And A Funeral ».
After years of playing the love interest in all our favourite rom-coms, Hugh Grant admits he actually prefers playing « bad guys. »
He once told reports that it’s “such a relief [to play bad guys]. I can’t tell you. Richard Curtis, who wrote all of those romantic comedies, did a lot of — it always used to make him laugh that people thought I was that nice, public, Englishman, because he knew that exactly the reverse was true. It’s very nice to be closer to home.”
Hugh Grant and his two-time co-star Emma Thompson starred together in both « Sense And Sensibility » (1995) and « Love Actually » (2003), going from love interests to brother and sister in a few short years.
During his time at an all-boys school, Hugh Grant starred in a stage production of « Sound Of Music ». But don’t assume he starred as one of the von Trapp boys.
In a profile with The Hollywood Reporter, Grant confessed he actually played the third-youngest von Trapp daughter, Brigitta.
“I’m so happy that I don’t have to play women’s parts anymore. The school I went to was all boys, and I was a pretty boy and I just played girls for 11 years,” he recalled. “And quite well, I have to say. I was a very good Brigitta von Trapp in my white dress with a blue satin sash. But it’s nice to be playing men again.”
Hugh Grant co-starred with a second cousin in the beloved Christmas film « Love Actually ».
According to the BBC, he’s related to Thomas Brodie-Sangster, the adorable actor who played Sam in the film.