Had initially declined A Very English Scandal out of snobbery: Hugh Grant

The BBC series, an adaptation of John Preston’s novel, narrated the story of the disgraced MP who was tried and acquitted for conspiring to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott, played by Ben Whishaw. Popular Photos

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“I have to say, I didn’t know which part he wanted me to play. I don’t know,” he added. The actor said Frears encouraged him to come aboard as he wanted Grant to play Thorpe in the miniseries. “Well it wasn’t really a hesitation, it was just pure snobbery. 0
Comment(s) “And I realise everyone does TV now I just can’t help having a little hankering for the old days of glamour and cinemas with lots of people in them. Instead, I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row,” the actor said. But I’d done Florence Foster Jenkins with Stephen Frears and he sent me this thing (‘A Very English Scandal’), it was three scripts. And I thought, ‘Television? I don’t do television.’ And then I read them and they were brilliant. Maybe it made me better. Grant received nominations at the Golden Globes Awards and British Academy Television Awards for his performance. I met all the people who’d ever known him, and I read every book and I watched him on YouTube. Grant, who is perhaps best known for starring in romantic comedies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually and Two Weeks Notice, said there are many decisions about which he has regrets today. So I had to say yes, and then I spent a nice year panicking about it,” he added. Maybe that helped. Advertising

The 58-year-old actor most recently portrayed Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal, a role that brought him much critical acclaim. And he said, ‘Jeremy Thorpe’. Anyway, it’s all gone,” Grant said. When asked the reason why he panicked after joining the project, Grant responded, “Fear of failure.”
“Then the project got delayed, and so I spent a year researching this character. Frears is very good at seeing things in me that I certainly never saw. “Every decision I ever made was probably wrong… After ‘Four Weddings’, and the world was my oyster, I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Advertising

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said he had initially dismissed the project after director Stephen Frears sent him the script.