British star Hugh Grant wanted to ditch his onscreen image of a typical English gentleman to play a notorious Welsh drugs baron, Howard Marks.
Grant is well known for his posh accent and bumbling demeanour in movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill but he had ambitions for a much grittier role as the famed marijuana smuggler in new biopic Mr. Nice, contactmusic.com reported.
The part eventually went to Welshman Rhys Ifans.
Marks later told Scotland's Daily Record, "I met Daniel Day-Lewis through Bob Geldof. He was very interested and I think he would have been really good. Hugh Grant also wanted to play me for a while. I wasn't so sure about that."
"But Rhys was always my first choice. We had known each other for so long that he didn't need to study or research me. He knew everything already," he added.