Hugh Grant, 58, claims he’s too ‘old, ugly and fat’ for rom-coms

Hugh Grant, 58, claims he’s too ‘old, ugly and fat’ to star in rom-coms anymore and admits the roles made him ‘hate’ himself

He made a name for himself as the star of many romantic comedies.

But, Hugh Grant, 58, has admitted that he thinks he is now too old to star in anymore of the lighthearted flicks. 

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor admitted his countless roles as a male lead in famous films over the years left him with an apparent inferiority complex. 

Getting on: Hugh Grant, 58, admits that he thinks he is too old to star in anymore romantic comedies in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter

Although, he revealed that he is starting to feel less inferior after stepping away from the genre a few years ago. 

‘I’ve gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore, so now I’ve done other things and I’ve got marginally less self-hatred,’ Hugh said.

Although, despite confessing that he felt like he was ‘in a box’ playing the male lead in several rom-coms, the actor joked that he couldn’t complain about the money it brought him.

He explained: ‘I was being paid tons of money. 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. And I am a big believer that our job is to entertain. ‘

Two decades: Over the years, Hugh has starred in a total of fifteen romantic comedies, including Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 alongside Angie MacDowell

When questioned about what he wished he knew about navigating fame and success at the start of his career, Hugh revealed that he wishes he’d have explored different genres.

He said: ‘I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Instead, I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row.’ 

Over the years, Hugh has starred in a total of fifteen romantic comedies, including Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999) and Love Actually (2003), with his last leading rom-com performance being in The Rewrite (2014). 

Last straw: Daniel famously played Daniel Cleaver alongside Renee Zelweger in Bridget Jones’ s Diary back in 2001 but was not featured in the 2016 third film 

In March, Comic Relief viewers were joyful as Hugh returned as Charles for a Four Wedding’s and a Funeral spoof in a 12-minute sketch 25 years after the movie. 

Social media was awash with fans praising the ‘brilliant’ clip where Hugh snapped hilariously straight back into the character of hapless Charles as he walked his on-screen daughter, played by Lily James, up the aisle.

Following the spoof, Notting Hill writer Richard Curtis revealed plans to speak to speak to the stars of the 1999 movie about a possible sequel and admitted he would like to return to the love story of Anna and Hugh Grant’s character William Thacker. 

Return? Notting Hill writer Richard Curtis admitted he would like to return to the love story of Anna and Hugh Grant’s character William Thacker in a sequel

Although it seems that Julia Roberts, 51, who played Anna, has similar views to Hugh when it comes to playing the female lead in romantic comedies past a certain age. 

She previously said: ‘There came a point in my career where people thought I had turned on romantic comedies… 

‘I love them, I love to be in them, I love to watch them. But sometimes, they just don’t work at a certain point of life experience.’ 

Read all about it: Hugh was featured in The Hollywood Reporter alongside the likes of Stephan James, Diego Luna, Richard Madden, Billy Porter, and Sam Rockwell 

 

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