Hugh Grant despised filming dance scene for Love Actually

Hugh Grant was highly anxious about filming his famous dance scene for Love Actually.The actor played a fictional U.K. prime minister named David in Richard Curtis’s star-studded romantic comedy back in 2003, with the flick going on to become one of th…

Hugh Grant was highly anxious about filming his famous dance scene for Love Actually.

The actor played a fictional U.K. prime minister named David in Richard Curtis’s star-studded romantic comedy back in 2003, with the flick going on to become one of the most popular festive films.

In one scene, David is seen celebrating a hard-won political victory against the U.S. president, as portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton, by dancing along to the disco classic Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters.

However, Hugh has now revealed that he was extremely uncomfortable shooting the dancing segment as he was uncertain how it would work.

“I thought, ‘That’s going to be excruciating, and it has the power to be the most excruciating scene ever committed to celluloid,'” the 59-year-old recalled in a new BBC documentary titled Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen.

His co-star Colin Firth, who played lovestruck Jamie in the movie, also confirmed that the actor was not looking forward to dancing in front of the cameras for the infamous routine in 10 Downing Street.

Yet, director Richard insisted Hugh rehearsed the scene ahead of time.

Love Actually also starred Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, and Keira Knightley.

Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen is now airing on the BBC.

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Paul McCartney impressed by Yesterday film

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to sudd…

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.

The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Now, McCartney has told Billboard that he lied to writer Richard Curtis when he first suggested the idea for the film, and told him he loved it, while secretly thinking to himself it was “terrible”.

“I couldn’t tell him, so I said, ‘Well, that sounds interesting – good luck,'” he recalled. “I didn’t think anything more of it.”

Then the singer heard Boyle had signed on to direct, and he started to think the film might have legs. He stated: “I thought, ‘They must think they can pull it off.'”

McCartney was in New York with his wife Nancy Shevell over the summer when the film was released and decided to check it out.

“We said, ‘Let’s go, you and me, on a date to the cinema,” the 77-year-old told the publication. “We got two tickets and walked in when the cinema went dark. Only a couple of people saw us. We were in the back row, giggling away, especially at all the mentions of ‘Paul McCartney’… We loved it.”

Boyle previously revealed that he wrote letters to McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono – the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he said in a chat with Billboard.

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Ana de Armas’s character cut from Danny Boyle’s Yesterday

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday. The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James. H…

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday.

The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James.

However, she was absent from the finished film, and writer Richard Curtis has explained that she was cut because her character was supposed to be a “complicating factor” in the love story between Patel’s Jack and James’s Ellie.

“That was a very traumatic cut, because she was brilliant in it. I mean really radiant. And (that) turned out to be the problem,” he told Cinemablend.com. “I think the audience likes the story (about Ellie and Jack) and goes with that, and it works out well.

“What we’d originally done was had, I don’t want to describe it too much, but had Ana De Armas as a complicating factor when he arrived in L.A. for the first time. And I think the audience did not like the fact that his eyes even strayed. Because then some people would go, ‘Oh, he really doesn’t deserve her. He really doesn’t deserve Lily.'”

Director Boyle also explained to Moviefone.com that the Blade Runner 2049 star played an actress who meets Jack, a musician who finds fame with The Beatles’ songs after their existence is freakishly erased, on the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden and falls in love with him when he plays Something by George Harrison. It later became clear that they had “made a mistake” with the song choice, so the sequence had to go.

“When you watched it (the scene) alone, it was fantastic, but when you put it in the film, it felt repetitive,” he explained. “So, we sadly decided to take it out and I had the job of writing to Ana and telling her, ‘I’m so sorry.’ She did a wonderful job. It’s not their fault. It’s a real shame.”

He assured fans her scenes will appear in the DVD extras of Yesterday, which hits cinemas this week.

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Richard Curtis thrilled to team with Ed Sheeran on Yesterday

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the …

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.

The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, and Curtis has now admitted Ed was the perfect choice to take on the role of the mentor in the narrative because he’s such a down-to-earth guy.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis, who shares children Scarlett, Jake, Spike and Charlie with partner Emma Freud, told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

But it was a chat over dinner with Ed and director Danny Boyle that made Curtis realise the 28-year-old needed to be in the film.

“We were in Suffolk with Danny when Ed came over for supper and Danny said, ‘You should be in the film. You should be the famous person who finds our not-famous person and helps him on his way’,” he recalled.

“I write in a little room facing out toward the creek at the beach and the sea in Suffolk. There’s a lot of Ed in the story, as he comes from here. We love the accents and the names. This is very much where I wanted to set the film. It’s a little part of England that you wouldn’t expect a massive popstar like Ed to come from, had it not happened to him.”

Yesterday, also featuring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Kate McKinnon, hits cinemas from 26 June.

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Richard Curtis was outvoted over Hugh Grant casting in Four Weddings

Hugh Grant wasn’t writer Richard Curtis’ first choice to lead the cast of Four Weddings & a Funeral. The moviemaker initially voted against Grant for the role of Charles, but his production partners insisted the little-known Brit was the man for the m…

Hugh Grant wasn’t writer Richard Curtis’ first choice to lead the cast of Four Weddings & a Funeral.

The moviemaker initially voted against Grant for the role of Charles, but his production partners insisted the little-known Brit was the man for the movie.

Ahead of the film’s Red Nose Day sequel in the U.K. producer Duncan Kenworthy tells Deadline, “It felt like we auditioned every young man between 18 and 32 in England. Initially, we weren’t convinced by anyone.

“Alex Jennings was in the running in 1992. In 1993, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman were in the running. So (director) Mike (Newell), Richard and I had a vote. It was two to one in Hugh’s favour.”

“I had voted against Hugh initially,” Curtis adds. “I had been concerned that he was too good looking and I was aware of the character being viewed as too posh. I had loved Alan Rickman in Close My Eyes but he didn’t want to audition. Hugh did a perfect audition and thank God we went for him.”

The production team also struggled to settle on a leading lady, revealing Marisa Tomei was offered the role of Carrie but had to turn it down due to death in her family.

“We met 16 actresses when we went to L.A. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mary Stuart Masterson were among those who auditioned…,” Kenworthy adds. “So we came back to London and had no one. When we heard that Andie (MacDowell) was able to meet, we found her very impressive.”

Curtis, the producers and Newell added the likes of Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, and the late Charlotte Coleman, among others and the film was released in 1994, becoming an instant hit and turning Grant into a huge star.

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Olivia Colman tearfully accepts BFI Fellowship honour

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19). The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s…

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19).

The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s highest honour by her The Favourite and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

Accepting the prize, she reflected on her “lovely year” and became visibly emotional as she said she didn’t feel worthy of the honour.

“I didn’t know what to expect this evening, turns out it’s like a surprise birthday. It’s amazing, and I keep seeing lovely people that I love,” the 45-year-old shared. “Also, recently I’ve realised how us in front of the camera get far too much love and adoration from people because without the writers and directors we are nothing, so thank you… I don’t feel worthy of this and I’m really very grateful. Thank you so much.”

Presenting the honour, Lanthimos gushed over his collaborator, and stated, “There isn’t an actor who can infuse each moment onscreen with such great humanity, drama and humour. No one can appear so fragile, magnetic, fierce, funny and real from one second to the next, or all at the same time.”

Colman’s The Crown co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies attended the event to support the actress, while actors such as Richard E. Grant, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Hollander, and director Richard Curtis, were among the other stars to make appearances.

The BFI Fellowship is awarded to those who have made a special contribution to television and film. Previous recipients include Bonham Carter, Morgan and Redgrave, as well as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Cate Blanchett, and Martin Scorsese, among others.

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Downton Abbey release date forces Danny Boyle to bump up Beatles musical

The Downton Abbey movie has forced Danny Boyle to bump up the release date of his much-anticipated Beatles musical. The director and his screenwriter Richard Curtis were planning to release their untitled new romantic comedy on 13 September (19), but …

The Downton Abbey movie has forced Danny Boyle to bump up the release date of his much-anticipated Beatles musical.

The director and his screenwriter Richard Curtis were planning to release their untitled new romantic comedy on 13 September (19), but now the Downton Abbey film has taken that spot.

As a result, Boyle’s new project, will open over two months early – in June (19).

Little is known about Boyle’s untitled musical comedy, other than it revolves around a man who discovers the Fab Four’s songs have been wiped from history – and no one remembers the Beatles.

Himesh Patel will star opposite U.S. comedienne Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran.

The British singer/songwriter recently confirmed his casting, revealing he “learned to act” for the role, even though he plays himself.

“It’s very clever,” Ed told the Associated Press when asked about Curtis’ script. “I got to actually kind of learn how to act… This was, like, full days on set, like, full 12-hour days.”

In the film, Ed discovers Himesh’s character and takes him on tour, only for the protege to eclipse his own fame.

“They shot it around loads of my gigs,” Ed added, “so it was a very intense two months. I would have four days of gigging and then three days of shooting a film. I was playing myself, so I don’t think I was that bad. There wasn’t much to (mess) up.”

Rather than clash with the Downton Abbey film – another big British release, Boyle’s movie will now go up against the Tiffany Haddish/Rose Byrne comedy Limited Partners and James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, according to Deadline.

Danny is now hard at work on the Working Title comedy after exiting the new James Bond movie following a falling out with producers.

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Danny Boyle & Richard Curtis hoping to strike gold with musical comedy

British movie royalty Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are teaming up for a new musical comedy. Boyle, the director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, is developing the project with the brains behind beloved movies Love Actually and Four Weddings…

British movie royalty Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are teaming up for a new musical comedy.

Boyle, the director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, is developing the project with the brains behind beloved movies Love Actually and Four Weddings & a Funeral with the backing of executives at Universal Pictures and Working Title.

Curtis is writing the screenplay, which Boyle will direct, while Working Title’s movie moguls Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce.

The film doesn’t have a title yet and plot details and casting have been kept under wraps, but Boyle and Curtis have made their names working with top British stars like Ewan McGregor, Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson and the occasional Hollywood A-lister like Julia Roberts and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The two filmmakers will have a slate of stars lining up for roles in the project, including Elisabeth Moss, who recently confessed that working with Curtis is on her bucket list.

“I’m a huge romantic,” she said. “One of my dreams is to be in a seminal romantic comedy – Love Actually or something. I’d love to work with Richard Curtis.”

Busy Boyle is also working on the screenplay for the next James Bond movie with John Hodge, according to Deadline.

Meanwhile, the new project will reteam Curtis with Bevan and Fellner at Working Title. The trio has collaborated on hits including Love Actually, the Bridget Jones’s Diary franchise, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Notting Hill. The writer/director is also behind this summer’s (18) Mamma Mia! sequel.

The revered U.K. production company is basking in the glory of a year of hits, which included Oscar nominees Darkest Hour, Baby Driver, and Victoria & Abdul.

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