Hugh Grant finds filming love scenes difficult, because you’re always flirting with “sentimentality and ‘yuck.’” But he just loves filming sex scenes. Loves it! Is Hugh Grant hellbent on erasing every last bit of romantic goodwill remaining from his 1990s heartthrob days?
In August, Grant informed the world, via Howard Stern’s radio show, that “If you ask me the question do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long, monogamous, faithful relationships, no.” Now that he’s clarified that, let’s talk about his attitude to love versus sex scenes. In a recent interview with W (spotted via US Weekly), he holds forth on the subject.
Your love scenes in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill are considered to be some of the most romantic of all time.
Love scenes are extremely difficult. You’re always within a millimeter of sentimentality and “yuck.” But sex scenes are something else! The conventional response to sex scenes is that they’re horrible and not sexy and it’s all so unnatural. But I’ve always found filming sex scenes to be quite a turn-on. I like the experience of being in a sexual position when you’re not supposed to be in one.
He also enjoys Dancing With the Stars, but thinks he is too good to enjoy Dancing with the Stars: “Secretly, deep down, I’d love to do that show—it’s superb. But—damn it—I consider myself too classy.”
Hugh Grant is damned determined to make me chuck my DVD of Sense and Sensibility, isn’t he?