Hugh Grant: “I’m not as bad with children as I used to be”


Does Hugh Grant need a hit? It looks like it. Either that or he’s going soft in his old age (he’s 49 years old, and I’m joking). My point is that Hugh is out there talking up his new film Did You Hear About the Morgans? It’s like he doesn’t realize the film is awful. Granted, I don’t know if the film is truly terrible, but it certainly looks mind-numbingly bad. Hugh and Sarah Jessica Parker play an estranged, separated couple who witness a mob murder and have to go into witness protection… together. They fall in love all over again, and if you consider that a spoiler, then you have never seen a Hugh Grant movie, so why would you start with this one?

Anyway, Hugh was interviewed by Parade Magazine, and he’s less hardcore than he used to be. Not that he was really butch and punk before, but he had a bit of an edge. Not anymore. Now he just talks ruefully about babies. Seriously! The photographs from Parade are a bit rough too – the man isn’t aging as gracefully as we hoped (slideshow here). The closeup is especially difficult – but I will say that I don’t think Hugh’s had any work done. So, applause!

Embracing the prospect of fatherhood.
“Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have thought about having children at all. But now I have so many nephews and nieces and cousins and godchildren, I like the thought. But that’s on the basis that I can leave after 10 minutes. I don’t know what it would be like 24 hours a day. I think I’d have a lot of nannies.”

Does he think he’ll have children?
“Yes, yes, yes. I haven’t given up hope.”

Does he think he would be a good dad?
“Yes, I do rather. I find I’m not as bad with children as I used to be.”

His hands-off approach to parenthood.
“I see a lot of children over-parented now, by my standards. Over-adored, over-spoiled. I quite like the children left alone to get on with it.”

Indulging in a hobby that is increasingly taking over his life.
“I’m very embarrassed about my golf habit. It’s awful. I wish it had never happened to me. I used to have a well-rounded personality, many interests, and now I don’t really care about anything except golf. I went as a joke [12 years ago]. But I quite liked it. I used to be a big reader. Now I read Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible.”

As a child, he was always putting on plays for the grown-ups.
“Well, it wasn’t me who dressed everyone up in curtains. It was my aunts. But it is true to say I always thought I was the best actor, and I did feel that way at school. It doesn’t mean to say I thought, ‘I want to do this for a living.’ I never felt that.”

His life seems to have settled down some now.
“My laziness is really profound. I’m really interested in where it comes from–it almost feels chemical. And we’ve all got ADD now, short attention span and all that. I found by far the best drug for calming me down is to go out at 5 in the morning and run for 45 minutes. And although I’m calm, I don’t really find life as funny as I do if I’m more miserable and tense.”

His thoughts on what he calls ‘love avoidance.’
“If you have a smothering parent, the effect it can apparently have on a child is to give them, in equal doses, a sense of too much self-esteem, because they are mummy’s little princess or prince, and low self-esteem. It affects future relationships. You want to repeat this smothering thing, and you are very adept at bringing people in to love you, love you, and as soon as they get close enough, you push them away. Then you bring them back and push them away again. You can go on torturing people like that for ages.”

Loving his leading ladies.
“I loved Bullock. And I really love Sarah Jessica. I adore her. She’s very, very original. And funny. Very clever. These girls are amusing and bubbly and charming. You can’t act that. You have to be that.”

[From Parade]

I loved the quote “I see a lot of children over-parented now, by my standards.” Nice hedge, huh? I want to add “by my standards” to everything now. Hugh Grant is a gifted comedic actor, by my standards. His parents thought he was a little prince and spoiled him rotten, ruining him in adulthood, by my standards. This film looks terrible, by my standards.

Photographs courtesy of Parade Magazine.


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  1. Firestarter says:

    You know, I like Hugh Grant. I have liked him in the good movies he has done and the ones that were real shit.

    There is something likeable about the guy, and he does have a comic air to him that I appreciate.

    I think I am the only person who watched AND liked Music and Lyrics. My absoulte favorite part was when he was singing at some high school reunion and while he was dancing his hip gave out and the women thought it was a sexy dance move.

    I hope he does have some luck with his new movie.

  2. Ally says:

    That close-up is unkind. I thought it was Clint Eastwood for a second. He’s still a charming bugger, though. And the funniest interview subject ever.

    The movie does look dreadful. I’ll be seeing it on DVD, when it’s no longer in the New Releases section, and then only for the crumbs of Hugh Grant charm. Seriously, the rich-jerks-out-of-their-element schtick… snafus with guns and horses… so decades-old lame. (In fact, City Slickers: 1991)

    The Parker-Grant pairing was inspired. Too bad it’s wasted on this unimaginative tripe.

  3. Just a Poster says:

    I love Hugh Grant. Like Firestarter, love him in good movies, and not so good movies.

  4. LolaBella says:

    I’ve always had a crush on Hugh…I loved him in Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral. There’s something about that sheepish, self-deprecating look he constantly sports that makes me quiver for him.

    Plus, he is aging really well in the way of Robert Redford.

  5. Sumodo says:

    He’s only saying this shit because Liz Hurley came out smelling like a rose…and also, he’s getting old.

  6. crash2GO2 says:

    I love me some Squidgy.

  7. Rae says:

    This plot’s been done. There was a movie several years ago with Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley, embittered rich couple have to flee NY, end up in PA Dutch country and hide out, fall in love with each other all over again. Can’t remember what it was called, and really don’t care enough to imdb it. I have to admit, I’ll still see this when it comes out on DVD.

    Maybe tomorrow evening, I’ll watch Love Actually. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth. Drool.

  8. Megan says:

    “I loved the quote “I see a lot of children over-parented now, by my standards.” Nice hedge, huh? I want to add “by my standards” to everything now. Hugh Grant is a gifted comedic actor, by my standards.”

    That’s my favorite part of all, and I totally agree lol. That little phrase is getting added into my everyday vernacular as well 😉

  9. Firestarter says:

    @Sumodo- Aww, now he and Liz are still very close friends, and he spends time with her child. Liz is still very fond of Hugh. They were out to lunch not long ago in London together.

  10. snowball says:

    I generally like him because he seems to be the kind of guy that shoos his handlers away so he can say anything he pleases. I don’t really enjoy his movies, but that’s by my standards – yay, I worked it in!

    I don’t know why, but there’s something about him that gives me the impression that he’s never going to find someone to marry. He sounds like he’d be extremely high-maintenance.

  11. Tess says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Hugh, and ditto, enjoyed Music and Lyrics.

    However, must add, I kinda think Hugh plays on the other team…not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it complicates the fatherhood situation, and notice no mention of women or marriage.

  12. Raven says:

    These British charmers like Grant and Hugh Laurie (and Hugh Dancy as well–what is it about the Hugh’s?) are irresistable. I’ll watch them in anything. I thought Grant did a great job several years ago in a(maybe semi-autobiographical) film about the rich former actor or musician who befriends a neighborhood kid. I suspect he’d do just fine as a dad.

  13. ksgirl says:

    Still completely do-able, by my standards. 🙂

  14. Emily says:

    I think he’s ageing well, Kaiser! Sure, he’s got a few wrinkles, but that’s what ageing’s all about.

    Firestarter, I also liked Music and Lyrics. I love Hugh, whether he’s doing the awkward loser thing in 4 Weddings, or the sleazy bad guy like in most of his recent movies. Very funny, and very charming.

  15. irishserra says:

    I’m sure the movie will be sub-par and the plot has been done, like Rae mentioned – but I’ll still be seeing it. I can’t help myself. I love Hugh Grant, and I suspect that his movie role characters aren’t too far off from his true personality. He always plays the doofy, funny guy you adore and want to kick at the same time.

  16. Yae says:

    He needs to snip it.

  17. Chris says:

    I loved Music and Lyrics the fake 80’s songs are so catchy

  18. 88Modesty88 says:

    Another member of the Music & Lyrics fanclub! Maybe because I love both Hugh and Drew… Another Drew favourite of mine — off topic, sorry — is 50 First Dates!

    Hugh and Drew … rhymes

  19. Firestarter says:

    ‘Pop goes my heart..pop goes my heart”

    ITA, those M&L songs were catchy, even the ones the pseudo Britney girl did.

  20. nag says:

    I think he is just ageing he looks good though. Great to hear he isn’t falling into the plastic and botox trap.