The actor's take on the film is quite... dark.
Hugh Grant might have done many romcoms in his heyday, but it appears that the actor has grown a lot more cynical (and hilarious) along the way. According to TODAY, the 60-year-old star of the new HBO thriller mini-series The Undoing in which he stars with Nicole Kidman joked that he would be down to star in a follow-up to his 1999 romantic comedy with Julia Roberts and what that would look like in 2020. If you're a romantic at heart, you're not going to like this. Grant who has starred in numerous romantic comedies over the years including Notting Hill, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones's Diary believes that romcoms are an absolute "lie." He also opines the couple in his popular romantic flick Notting Hill would end up separated.
I'm just a girl...standing in front of a boy and a judge...asking for a divorce— C. James Philly (@cjamesPhilly) October 26, 2020
A quick refresher for fans who've not seen Notting Hill in a while: Grant plays London bookstore owner Will Thacker, who meets American actress Anna Scott (played by Julia Roberts, who is now 52 years old) after she walks into his shop. What follows is the obvious rom-com drama but like most movies in the genre, there's a (spoiler alert) happy ending where the two end up happily married with a baby on the way. In a question-and-answer session for HBO, he revealed, "I would like to do a sequel to one of my own romantic comedies that shows what happened after those films ended, to really prove the terrible lie that they all were, that it was a happy ending," Grant said in the video. "I'd like to do me and Julia and the hideous divorce that's ensued, with really expensive lawyers and children involved in a tug of love, floods of tears, psychologically scarred forever," Grant said with a deadpan expression. "I'd love to do that film."
Would you like to star in a romantic comedy again? pic.twitter.com/RvKuCzy8RG— HBO (@HBO) October 26, 2020
In a previous interview, Grant told The Hollywood Reporter last year that his rom-com days are over for him because he's "gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore." "Well, I have always hated acting, but I hate it slightly less now than I did 20 years ago," he said. "I've got better, I've gotten nicer as a person. I had children and a nice wife. Now I can do emotion and I'm rather proud of it." He may have felt limited by those types of roles but it definitely launched him into a world of success. Grant said he felt he was "in a box" from the type of characters he'd played, but admitted that the success was worth it. "I was being paid tons of money," he said. "I was very lucky. 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. I am a big believer that our job is to entertain. 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."
I miss early 2000s British Rom coms, I know hugh grant and Colin firth are old now but you didn’t have to stop making them. pic.twitter.com/7y9Xy4Vn4O— Sophie Leveridge (@Sophielle123) October 23, 2020
According to PEOPLE, Grant was one of the most popular leads in the '90s and early '00s romantic-comedies starring in such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Nine Months, Mickey Blue Eyes, Bridget Jones's Diary, Two Weeks Notice, and the holiday favorite Love Actually. "I don't know why 'Love Actually' is still so popular," the actor revealed in December 2018, according to Bang Showbiz, although he admitted it's "nice" that "everyone watches it at Christmas." He opened up about one particular fan-favorite scene where his Love Actually character, the British prime minister, danced along to the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" at his 10 Downing Street residence. "I suspect that was the most excruciating scene ever committed," he remarked. "It wasn't easy for an Englishman in his 40s to do at 7 in the morning, stone-cold sober." Grant later revealed he is now proud that he was able to pull it off. "People do like it," he shared, adding, "I’m proud of the fact I did it without any stimulants."