Hugh Grant has one major regret about his three-decade acting career – and it’s not the one you may be thinking of.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 58-year-old star lamented that he wishes he’d been more knowledgeable about “navigating fame and success.”
“Every decision I ever made was probably wrong,” he told the outlet. “After (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” released in 1994), and the world was my oyster. I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Instead, I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row.”
Laughing, he said it was hard to let go of the mindset of an unemployed actor even after becoming successful: “I took everything. The worse it was, the quicker I took it.”
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Grant admitted he knew right from the start that some films would be bad but he “quite enjoyed” them for that very reason.
“You think, ‘Oh, well, this is nonsense, this film (“Rowing With the Wind,” 1988), it’s being made in Spain with English actors, with a director who doesn’t speak English and German money, it’s never going to see the light of day, so just go and have a nice time for three months, flirt with the actress playing Claire Claremont.’ “
He did get something out of it: That actress happened to be Elizabeth Hurley, whom he dated until 2000.
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Hugh Grant at the Golden Globe Awards in 2017. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/USA TODAY NETWORK)
And in case the “Red Nose Day” sequel to “Four Weddings” reminded you that Grant has kind of stopped making romantic comedies – a genre he did a lot of back in the early 2000s – there’s a reason for that: “I’ve gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore.”
He’s since enjoyed something of a career renaissance in recent years, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Meryl Streep’s husband-turned-manager in 2016’s “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
Last summer, he earned positive reviews after returning to TV following a 20-year absence for the miniseries dramedy “A Very English Scandal.” He played disgraced politician Jeremy Thorpe, who was tried for conspiring to murder his male lover.
Although he’s distanced himself from the rom-com genre, Grant doesn’t regret having spent so many of them.
“I was being paid tons of money. I was very lucky,” he added. “And most of those romantic comedies I can look squarely in the face – one or two are shockers, but on the whole, I can look them in the face and people like them.
“And I am a big believer that our job is to entertain,” he continued. “It’s not to practice some weird, quasi-religious experience. I see us as craftsmen along with the guy who does the lights and the guy who edits and the guy who pushes the dolly.”
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