Saturday 24 March 2018

'Renee Zellweger's emails are 48 pages long - I'll put them on Twitter' - Hugh Grant was hilarious on Graham Norton

Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep on The Graham Norton Show
Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep on The Graham Norton Show
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Hugh Grant charmed the pants off viewers on The Graham Norton Show last night.

The British star was on the sofa with Meryl Streep to promote his new film Florence Foster Jenkins.

Norton reminded Grant of an interview with Elle magazine in which he gave his opinion on some of his leading ladies, an interview he said was "regrettable".

He told them that Emma Thompson was "Clever, funny, mad as a chair".

Hugh Grant on The Graham Norton Show
Hugh Grant on The Graham Norton Show

Norton, who also knows the actress, conceded this was accurate, "Quite a mad chair!".

Of his Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger, he had said she was "Delightful, but also far from sane".

"She is genuinely lovely but her emails are 48 pages long," said Grant in his own defence.  "I can't understand a word of them.  I'll put them on Twitter".

Norton quoted Grant as saying Sandra Bullock was a "genius, German, but too many dogs" while Julianne Moore was a "brilliant actress, loathes me".

Grant laughed, "Julanne definitely hates me" although he didn't elaborate on why.

He had also told Elle that Rachel Weisz despised him, but told Graham, "I think we got on fine.  I don't know why I said that.  Maybe I was going for a comedy triple".

Of Drew Barrymore, he said she hates him because he made her cry.

"She made the mistake of giving me notes," he said, turning to Meryl, "How would you take that, if you were acting with someone?"

"I took them very well didn't I?" joked Meryl about their time filming together.

Viewers took to Twitter to heap praise on "funny and entertaining" Hugh Grant.

Norton, meanwhile, asked Meryl if she had a movie she felt she was "a bit pants" in.

"You wont guess because I've collected a lot of awards for that film," she said.  "I wouldn't say it was successful but it was venerated.  I'll tell you, it was hte  ay it was successful but it was venerated.  I'll tell you, it was the French Lieutenant's Woman."

She added, "part of it was the structure was sort of artificial becuase I was the actress playing the French Lieutenant's Woman, at the same time I was the American actress playing the British womam.

"I hear it now and I was young and new at this and I just wasn't as pleased.  I didn't feel like I was living it.  I didn't feel I imbued... the angel of inspiration.  That's a line from the movie. You always want to do something better after the act."

Streep roared laughing when Norton said she must have movies where she thinks, "Nailed it!".

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