Hugh Grant reveals he hated filming his iconic ‘Love Actually’ dance scene: ‘Excruciating’ filming
Hugh Grant revealed in an exclusive interview with The Sun that he hated filming the iconic dance scene in his 2015 comedy film Love Actually so much that he nearly walked off the set in disgust.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun on the red carpet of the Oscars on Monday at the Hollywood Theatre, Hugh told the publication he was so unaccustomed to the idea of doing physical labor for a film that he almost walked off the set.
“I don’t want to talk about that scene,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about that scene.”
The 43-year-old actor also revealed he was offered the role in the 2006 comedy film but turned it down to pursue more serious films.
“It was a difficult film to get,” Hugh revealed. “It was a little like the role of Christ.
“You know, a very simple role like a priest that becomes a rock star. I thought it was just an amazing opportunity. And I thought God was going to change my life for good.”
The scenes in which Hugh dances with Rachel, his onscreen girlfriend in Love Actually, over the course of one day have become a staple of the film and a major reason for its success.
Hugh, who plays the character Simon Braga, told the interviewer that he wanted to do something in that scene that “worked and didn’t make it look like he was dancing. That’s the only way I could do it.”
“But that’s the way it was going to be,” he revealed. “And I found it very tricky doing it.”
Hugh, who met Rachel, his girlfriend of nearly a year, on a blind date in 2007, told The Sun: “She was very nice but I wasn’t interested in her.
“I don’t remember what I said back to her on the night. I should have said, ‘Do you want to go out with me?’ I’m not sure I even said that.
“For whatever reason, she said yes. I think she just said yes because she’d go out with me for fun. But it didn