Hugh Grant 'Drunkenly' Watched Love Actually with Wife — and She Thought Movie Was 'All About Pain'
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SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Hugh Grant (R) and Anna Elisabet Eberstein attend the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Frazer Harrison/Getty Anna Eberstein and Hugh Grant in December 2016
Hugh Grant and his wife Anna Eberstein recently sat down to watch his beloved Christmas comedy - and took note of the elements of "pain" and "suffering".
During the ABC News special "The Laughter and Mysteries of Love: 20 Years Later," which aired Tuesday night, Grant, 62, told host Diane Sawyer that he and Anna "actually saw love" not long ago had.
"It's heartfelt — it's true," he said of the film's themes. "And I saw a little bit of Actual Love drunk with my wife a few months ago, and she was the one who said, 'Oh, look, it's all about pain; it's all about suffering.' "
Sawyer, 76, then said, "... and about awkwardness and little rejections and little disappointments in yourself." Grant agreed, "Yeah."
Writer/director Richard Curtis also worked with Grant on Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). Curtis, 66, told Sawyer that Grant was "my happiest breakthrough."
"I don't even know if I'd have a career without Hugh, so I'm very grateful he came along," Curtis said, adding, "His crankiness isn't just fake. He's often cranky and often unhappy, but he's also the only person in the world who has never sent me a message that didn't make me laugh."
Grant praised Curtis' writing, telling Sawyer that Love Actually was "a bit psychotic" and "Richard on steroids." He added: "But the thing about him is what you have to remember, when he writes about love, he means it. And that's pretty rare.”
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Universal/DNA/Working Title/Kobal/Shutterstock Hugh Grant in Love Actually (2003)
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The hour-long special, available to stream on Hulu starting Wednesday, stars Emma Thompson (Karen), Grant (David/the Prime Minister), Laura Linney (Sarah), Bill Nighy (Billy Mack), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Sam) , Olivia Olson (Joanna) and more, plus Curtis and a message from Martine McCutcheon (Natalie).
Also in the 2003 vacation film were the late Alan Rickman, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rodrigo Santoro, Lúcia Moniz, Martin Freeman, Kris Marshall, Joanna Page, Heike Makatsch, Abdul Salis, Gregor Fisher and Liam Neeson to see.
In addition, the rom-com included cameos from Denise Richards, Billy Bob Thornton, January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, Shannon Elizabeth, Claudia Schiffer and Rowan Atkinson.
Much of the cast reunited in 2017 for a mini-sequel to Love Actually. The 10-minute revival, written and again directed by Curtis, was part of Comic Relief's annual Red Nose Day, a children's fundraiser that attracts big stars to its comedy routines.
In the ABC News special, Grant also admitted he "hates(d)" the idea of his iconic dance scene. In the scene in question, Grant's character David, aka the Prime Minister, walks through his entire flat at 10 Downing Street to a backing track of The Pointer Sisters' Jump.
"I saw it in the script and I was like, 'Well, I'm going to hate doing this,'" he said. "I had absolutely no desire to do the dance, let alone rehearse it."
"He kept saying no," Curtis jokingly added, "I think he was hoping I'd get sick or something, and we'd be like, 'Oh, well, what a shame, we've got to lose that dance sequence. '"
Real Love is now streaming on Peacock.
British actor (born 1960)
Film director, writer and producer
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