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->''"Most actors really love it, that's what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they'll read a script and think, that's an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is."''

Hugh John Mungo Grant (born 9 September 1960) is an actor best known for his long association with writer Richard Curtis in a string of wildly successful {{Rom Com}}s, including ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'', ''Film/NottingHill'', and ''Film/LoveActually''. His standard role in these films was as a bumbling but well-meaning quintessentially British UpperClassTwit, who had to overcome his BritishStuffiness and repression to win the heart of a (usually American) female love interest. In the late 1990s, he began taking roles that had him actively PlayingAgainstType, often as a jaded English cad, such as Daniel Cleaver (an {{Expy}} of ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'''s George Wickham) in ''Film/BridgetJonesDiary'', and ''Film/AboutABoy'', while occasionally blending the two types together (such as in ''Film/MusicAndLyrics''). In another big instance of PlayingAgainstType, he played ([[ActingForTwo among other characters]]) a slave-trading reverend, a {{Jerkass}} and vindictive husband who sends his brother in a retirement home against his will, and the chief of a CannibalTribe in ''Literature/CloudAtlas''. He also did ''Film/DidYouHearAboutTheMorgans.''

Recently, Grant's acting career has gone on the back burner due to his involvement in the campaign for tighter restrictions on the British media (including giving evidence for the Leveson Inquiry). This, however, hasn't prevented him from appearing in a few recent films, such as the polarizing 2012 film ''Film/CloudAtlas'', Alexander Waverley in the film remake of ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'' (which was not exactly well received), in the 2014 rom-com ''The Rewrite'' (which while not being groundbreaking, speaks well for his performance), as well as the well-meaning St Clair Bayfield in ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'' (in a critically-appreciated combo performance with Creator/MerylStreep, [[AwesomeDearBoy which they've clearly mutually enjoyed]]).
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