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The Hugh Grant Bio

The Hugh Grant Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:

Love, Actually

A brilliant paean to love, directed by Richard Curtis, the writer of "Four Weddings and a Funeral." The ensemble features many of Britain's finest actors, and Grant is certainly no slouch as the Prime Minister, in love with the girl who brings him his tea.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Did You Hear about the Morgans? (with Sarah Jessica Parker, a NYC couple under witness protection in Wyoming)
The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down a Mountain (A British surveyor in a little Welsh town)
Sirens (a stuffy preacher seduced by an artist and his models)
Bitter Moon (a writer, in this Roman Polanski thriller)
Impromptu (Frederic Chopin)
Extreme Measures (a doctor, opposite Gene Hackman, and one of his few dramatic roles)
Mickey Blue Eyes (an art dealer with a bad father-in-law)
His Great English Films:
Sense and Sensibility
Remains of the Day
His Great English Romantic Comedies:
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Notting Hill
Bridget Jones's Diary
His Really Good Romantic Comedies:
About A Boy
Music and Lyrics
Two Weeks Notice
The Real Hugh Grant:
Four Weddings and a Funeral

The film that made him famous and the character that he has often repeated, almost always delightfully. If Hugh Grant isn't as stammering, modest, unsure and shy as he is in most of his films and in his famous "Tonight Show" apology for messing around with a prostitute, then he sure is putting on a great act.
Acting Style:
Charm. Hugh Grant combines the practiced manners and lovely diction of the British upper class (he was educated at Oxford) with the endearing self-effacing and truly modest qualities of, well, not the British upper class anyway.

Though he has classic good looks, it is not the looks that win the ladies in his many romantic comedies. It is the softly fumbling shyness; it is the surprising quality of seeming uncomfortable in his own skin, manifested in a wide variety of bits and quirks, but which translate to charming and sensitive.

Like his (unrelated) namesake, Cary, Grant can play the romantic lead but just works better in romantic comedy. He has also been compared to David Niven, but he is not nearly as stiff, or, at least not stiff in the same way, and is much funnier (and can be just as witty). And, unlike Niven, the 'cads' that he plays are instantly forgivable because we see the "true" non-cad underneath. (Niven's rather caddish mustache got in the way of that.)
Bits and Quirks:
Probably more than any other actor. In fact, they are so ingrained into Grant's performance that to mention them individually is to miss the point. His stable of bits and quirks is what conveys his essence, his sensitivity, his befuddled humanity. Every part of his face has a roster of moves that can be combined with any other: raised eyebrows and slightly closed eyes; lowered eyebrows and overdone contemplative frown; then, a touch to the brow or to the mouth or a scratch of the head, and it's a different hue of Hugh.
Great Scenes:
Notting Hill

> The final press conference where he wins Julia Roberts back with his double-entendre questions

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

> Staying up all night to re-measure the hill/mountain.

American Dreamz

> Negotiating with Willem Dafoe
> taking over the camera to shoot the suicidal soldier

Love, Actually

> Going door to door on Christmas Eve to find his beloved
> getting caught on stage kissing her

Four Weddings and a Funeral

> The opening scene of running late sets the whole tone

Music and Lyrics

> His humorous insults of Drew Barrymore
> trying out songs on the doorman
> working with the Diva
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