Hugh Grant named a 1980s TV movie as the one film he'd scrub from his IMDB profile given the chance: 'Low budget, bad wig, bad hat'
Hugh Grant and Chris Pine appeared on James Corden's CBS chat show on Thursday.
During a game segment of the show, Grant was asked which film he'd erase from his IMDB if he could.
Reluctantly, he chose "The Lady and the Highwayman," a 1980s film in which he wore a "bad wig."
Faced with a choice of eating a worm mayonnaise shepherd's pie or naming the movie from his past he'd erase from his CV if given the chance, Hugh Grant chose to be honest.
The British actor, 62, made the choice during a recent appearance with his "Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" costar, Chris Pine, on James Corden's "The Late Late Show." During the "Spill your Guts or Fill your Guts" segment of the CBS show, Grant was asked by Corden to name the one movie he could erase from his IMDB page if he could.
Avoiding the unappetizing food in front of him, Grant said he "would happily shred my IMDB page, my CV because I've specialized in being bad for decades really," he said. "I can't bring down the rest of the wonderful colleagues who worked with me on any film by saying it was bad, so that's my dilemma."
Eventually, Grant came clean and named "The Lady and the Highwayman," which he called a "mid-eighties, made for television, film. I'm a highwayman, I'm meant to be sexy, low budget, bad wig, bad hat, I looked like Deputy Dawg."
"When I'm tense, I don't know if this happens to you when you're acting, my voice goes up two octaves," he said. That meant in scenes where he'd leap out of trees when a carriage passed by, Grant said – mimicking a squeaky voice – "Stand and deliver!"
"It's poor," he concluded. Much to the audience's amusement they're shown the film's poster, depicting Grant in his wig alongside his costar Emma Samms.
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According to IMDB, the plot is a "swashbuckling tale of romance, betrayal, jealousy, banditry, murder, and court intrigue set in the 1660s, during the Restoration to the English throne of King Charles II" and is based on a Barbara Cartland novel from the 1950s.
Per Rotten Tomatoes, Grant's played an "outlaw lord" protecting a 17th-century heiress from her scheming cousin and the mistress of Charles II. It has a lukewarm rating of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In another recent television appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," Grant reflected on how the entertainment industry has evolved since the introduction of mobile phones.
As Insider's Ayomikun Adekaiyero reported, he said they'd made movie sets "so weird now" because actors no longer got drunk and fell "in love with each other."
Grant made the comments while promoting his new movie, "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," which is based on the famous tabletop role-playing game.
"Films are so weird now. They are weird because, in the old days, by the end of the second week, you were all getting drunk in the evening and having dinner and falling in love with each other and all of that," he said. "All of that stopped because of telephones. Everyone goes home and looks at Twitter. It's so sad."
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