Hugh Grant’s surprising career admission as he plays villain in new Guy Ritchie film
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Hugh Grant was one of the biggest rom-com stars of the ’90s with box office hits like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.
Then in 2001, he played the lovable lothario Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’s Diarysignalling a move away from his good guy characters.
More recently, he’s earned multiple award nominations for his role in thriller mini-series The Undoing, opposite Nicole Kidmanand now plays a comedic villain in Guy Ritchie‘s new movie, Operation Fortune: Cunning of War – something he tells 9Honey Celebrity he relished in.
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“I did actually, yes,” the 61-year-old says over Zoom, about playing billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds in the action movie.
“Yes, in that same way that really in the last six or seven years I’ve been allowed to play more kind of off-beat, character roles.
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“I could almost say I enjoy my job now. It’s been fun,” he admits, hinting he didn’t enjoy being pigeonholed before that.
In a previous interview Grant admitted “Mr Nice Guy’s never been me”, telling Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine: “I do find that as I grow older I’m increasingly drawn to, and more comfortable in, revolting roles”.
Grant doesn’t expressly rule out a return to the Bridget Jones franchise either, when talking to 9Honey Celebrity, despite skipping the third film.
The ending of 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby left the door open for the actor, and his character Daniel Cleaver, to make a comeback if a fourth film was ever made.
And recently author Helen Fielding confirmed in an interview with Radio Times that she was writing the next instalment of the movie franchise.
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Grant caused a stir among fans at the BAFTA Awards in 2020, when he quoted one of Cleaver’s famous lines to Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger as she walked off-stage after her BAFTA win.
But the actor wasn’t giving much away, telling 9Honey Celebrity: “If there is [a fourth movie]I don’t know about it.”
For now, fans can catch him back on the big screen in Operation Fortune: Cunning of War — the action-packed dramedy (drama-comedy) also staring Jason Statham as special agent Orson Fortune and Aubrey Plaza as agent Sarah Fidel.
The spies recruit one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, Danny Francesco (played by Josh Hartnett), to go undercover and get information from Simmonds, to help Fortune thwart a deadly weapons deal.
Grant’s last flick, in 2019, was also a Guy Ritchie movie – The Gentleman.
He’s spent the last few years doing TV, including drama The Undoing and the satirical Netflix documentaries Death to 2020 and Death to 2021.
Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre is in cinemas around Australia on January 12.
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