I certainly hated actors and, more importantly, they hated me.
– Hugh Grant
Basically, my life is so boring, it’s embarrassing.
I dreaded the dance scene in ‘Love Actually’ more than having my teeth extracted.
It’s very rare in life to be sure about something – particularly when it’s an issue.
The reason I turn down 99% of a hundred, I mean a thousand, scripts is because romantic comedies are often very romantic but seldom very funny.
I look at life and I see some very happy relationships, but I also see the vast majority as not being that happy.
Strangely enough I’m better on a stage. I love that I feel like I blossom in front of a whole bunch of people.
Although I’m largely doing other things in life, it’s very nice occasionally to put my toe back in the waters of show business.
For a few years, I thought I was putting show business behind me. I was busy doing other things in life, particularly with politics. I was not out looking for films, really. I lost interest.
I had Courtney Love’s left bosom out of her dress on my plate in front of me. It was extraordinary. I didn’t know where to look.
Japanese women have always loved my films, even when no one else did. Ever since I made ‘Maurice’ in the 1980s, I’ve been getting hundreds of letter from Japanese girls. They definitely have a special place in my heart.
Throughout my life, whenever I thought I’m dancing welI, I’m not.
Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of acting: character acting and lead acting. And in my life, to begin with, in the 1980s, it was all character acting. And then when, by fluke, through ‘Four Weddings’, I got into doing lead parts, it’s a completely different thing.
Most actors really love it, that’s what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they’ll read a script and think, that’s an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is.
I just don’t believe in love at first sight anymore, even though I’ve based my whole career on the concept. In my experience, power, money and influence always attract the opposite sex. It’s something that I’ve always exploited – with good results.