He’s best loved for his romantic-comic roles. Never mind his brush with controversy. Hugh Grant’s puckish sense of humour and irreverence make him an endearing figure.
In a tête-à-tête, with HT City, the actor talks of his latest film, releasing on Valentine’s Day, Music and Lyrics in which he had to do, “things which are anathema to Hugh Grant!” Read on…
This movie with Hugh playing a has been pop star, is his first with actress Drew Barrymore. The inimitable star has his own story to recount. “I play Alex Fletcher, an ex-’80s pop star who goes on to be a massive success while I went on to be a massive failure.” Signature Hugh humour folks!
“My character gets his big break to write a song for the biggest pop star in the world, who we’ve invented. She’s called Cora Corman and is obviously a little bit like Britney or Christina Aguilera, or whoever,” he says.
Being Hugh, playing the pop star required some endeavour. “It was for the first time that I had to sing, dance and play the piano for a character.” Hugh feels learning the piano, “was an incredibly brave thing to do, and I want full credit for that. I was amazed. I thought I would hate it.”
The film gave Hugh an insider’s look into the music scene. “Pop music and how it’s made now — what a massive cheat! You can bark like a dog and by the time they’ve tweaked enough buttons on the computer it comes out sounding great,” says the star.
On his reel romance with co-star Drew Barrymore, Hugh says, “It’s one of those relationships/romances, that develops in the hot crucible of creativity.” The off-screen equation with Drew helped immensely with the on-screen chemistry. “Drew Barrymore is Sophie — mistress of this craft and she brings an incredible charm. She turned out to be the perfect co-star, especially for me ’cause I’m a little bit neurotic, a little bit grumpy. And she just wouldn’t have any of it.”
Hugh seems sold out on Drew’s sense of humour. “She’s a good bloke. Her, uh, sense of humour is very mannish. And, um, it was all very relaxed and happy on the set, in that respect.”