Beloved rom-com star Hugh Grant has said that he won’t be making any more films in the genre because he’s too old and ugly for it to happen.
Acclaimed actor Hugh Grant has self-deprecatingly stated that he’s too old and ugly to make another romantic comedy. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Grant was the go-to man for charming and engaging characters who struggled to find love on the big screen. But as the rom-com’s popularity began to dwindle, Grant’s status began to change.
Today the rom-com still hasn’t returned to the heights that it once held, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. New entries in the genre continue to be made and some of them have found a great deal of success. But it was arguably Grant whose quirky, bumbling protagonists juggled the ups and downs of love and dating and really built the foundation of the genre. The early stages of the now 60-year-old star’s career were littered with a variety of performances in relatively unknown feature films. It was his turn as Charles in 1994’s Four Weddings and a Funeral that truly made the world take notice, however, and within the decade that followed, Grant had starred in several of the most memorable rom-coms of all time.
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Decades on from the golden age of romantic comedies, there’s still no shortage of Grant fans who long for his return to the rom-com. It does seem like an entirely plausible hope—especially now that the genre seems to be making a comeback of sorts. Unfortunately, during a recent interview with Deadline, Grant acknowledged the question of more rom-coms by bluntly stating that he was “too old and ugly” to pursue any more projects of that nature:
“My issue – there’s not really a danger of me doing a romantic comedy because I’m just too old and ugly now. It’s not going to happen.”
Of course, Grant’s words were laced with the actor’s dry wit and shouldn’t necessarily be taken as fact. Still, it seems that he’s taken a different approach to acting and his career in recent years. Having spent so long being pigeonholed into roles that—while entertaining—may not have necessarily tested the limits of his range, Grant has pulled off some pretty impressive roles as of late. His work as Phoenix Buchanan in 2017’s Paddington 2 was a definite highlight, as was his portrayal of Fletcher in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen. Most recently, Grant has taken his talents to TV with celebrated roles in A Very English Scandal and The Undoing. Ultimately what this hints at is a skilled actor who still has much to offer.
The prospect of never seeing Hugh Grant in another rom-com is a tough pill to swallow for those who grew up watching his rich catalogue of films. It is worth remembering, however, that as of 2014, he was still taking part in the genre with The Rewrite. That film wasn’t necessarily a hit, but it did offer fans the chance to see Grant explore some familiar territory. Hopefully, there will be more rom-coms in the star’s future, but even if there aren’t, the non-rom-com work he’s currently doing is some of the richest and strongest of his career.
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