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Originally posted 04/27/2012 08:00AM
Move over, Johnny Depp: There's an even nuttier pirate captain hitting Hollywood's high seas.
For the new movie Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant took on his first animated role – and enjoyed the perks of voice work. "It was nice not to have to sit in makeup at 5 in the morning," he says. "I do feel bored of that."
Did he wear pajamas to work? "As ever," he cracks, "I was elegantly and appropriately dressed."
Still, playing an unhinged captain trying to whip a ship full of not-exactly-cutthroat pirates into shape was a challenge. "I was never properly trained so I don't use my diaphragm to shout," Grant says. "I would go hoarse and they'd have to send me home. I used to lose my voice after about 20 minutes."
Originally posted 11/15/2011 09:30AM
Ever wonder what Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio or Hugh Grant might look like in their golden years?
Now we know, thanks to the magic of the makeup chair.
Perry, 27, was transformed into what she describes as the "grandma" version of herself in her new music video for "The One That Got Away."
DiCaprio, 37, put on 40 years for J. Edgar, the biopic of the FBI's founding director, while new dad Hugh Grant, 51, tacked on decades thanks to the special-effects makeup he sports on the German set of his sci-fi flick Cloud Atlas.
Originally posted 11/11/2011 05:00PM
Looking a whole lot like Dennis Hopper (or even the $20 bill-gracing former president Andrew Jackson), Hugh Grant has been virtually unrecognizable on the German set of his upcoming movie, Cloud Atlas.
In addition to the normally-dashing new dad, 51, the upcoming sci-fi flick also stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon.
No word yet on the plot particulars, but the project has already been quite an adventure. In September, Berry broke her foot while chasing after a goat on a break from filming in Spain.
Be careful out there, Hugh!
Originally posted 11/01/2011 03:30PM
Hugh Grant has become a dad after the birth of his first child, a daughter, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"I can confirm that Hugh Grant is the delighted father of a baby girl," the rep says in a statement.
"He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned, Hugh could not be happier or more supportive. He and the mother have discussed everything and are on very friendly terms."
The longtime bachelor, 51, who famously dated Elizabeth Hurley for 13 years, then Jemima Khan for three, has not revealed who the mother is. He was last romantically linked to Chinese actress Tinglan Hong.
Originally posted 07/13/2011 01:00PM
Hugh Grant may have good reason to feel personally violated by the unfolding phone-hacking scandal in Britain. But the actor tells PEOPLE he went public in helping to expose the scheme because of a much larger sense of outrage.
"The crusade against the people who hacked my phone is just the beginning of it," Grant, 50, says in a new interview. "I don't think I would be on a crusade if it weren't for the fact that … they were winked at by the police, and winked at by our government."
Grant is among those calling for a full investigation into the alleged phone hacking by journalists in Rupert Murdoch's media empire – to determine just how widespread the corruption has been. "Although a lot of my stuff comes from personal grievance, I also am properly outraged for my country," he says.
Originally posted 07/07/2011 06:45PM
Publishing executive James Murdoch announced on Thursday that the well-known tabloid News of the World would be shutting down amid a phone-hacking scandal.
And it involved none other than actor and tabloid regular Hugh Grant.
Grant, 50, tells the BBC that on one occasion, when News of the World features editor Paul McMullan took photos of him, he also boasted about how Grant's phone had been hacked – allegedly by the tabloid.
"I was revolted and astonished," says the British star, who then took matters into his own hands.
Originally posted 05/11/2011 05:15PM
The fate of CBS's hit sitcom Two and a Half Men has been up in the air since Charlie Sheen got fired in March – before the show was done filming for the season.
While names like Rob Lowe and John Stamos have been tossed around as rumored replacements for the embattled actor, it wasn't until Wednesday that a source revealed that Hugh Grant has been a serious contender for the role.
"The show was in talks with Hugh Grant to become the new lead," the source tells PEOPLE. "And wouldn't it be brilliant if it were so?"
Originally posted 12/15/2009 05:40PM
With seven years as a mother of one under her belt, adding twins to the mix has left Sarah Jessica Parker teetering on her stilettos.
"It’s the most perfectly overwhelming experience," the actress told PEOPLE at Monday's New York premiere of her latest film, Did You Hear About the Morgans? (opening Dec. 18). Despite the chaos, son James Wilkie, 7, and 6-month-old fraternal twins Loretta and Tabitha "get along beautifully," Parker says.
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