Actually love: Hugh Grant says Richard Curtis’ script was ‘a bit psychotic’

Hugh Grant has said Richard Curtis wrote the screenplay for love actually was “a bit psychotic”.

That notting hill Star appears in the 2003 Christmas comedy with the cast as the British Prime Minister who falls in love with an employee (Martine McCutcheon).

On Tuesday (November 29), Grant was interviewed on Diane Sawyer’s ABC special The laughter and the secrets of love actually: 20 years later.

The 62-year-old spoke about author Curtis’ script for the film, calling it “a bit psychotic” and adding that it was “Richard on steroids.”

“But the thing about him is, you have to remember that when he writes about love, he means business,” Grant added. “And that’s pretty rare.”

Elsewhere in the episode, Grant admitted that he and his wife Anna Eberstein had recently “drankly” seen parts of the film with new eyes.

“It comes from the heart — that’s right,” Grant said.

“I watched a bit drunk love actually a few months ago with my wife, and she was the one who said, ‘Oh look, it’s all about pain, it’s all about suffering.'”

He also opened the filming of the now famous dance scene in which he dances through 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister to The Pointer Sisters’ ‘Jump’.

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in Love Actually

(Universal)

“I saw it in the script and I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to hate doing this,'” Grant recalled. “I had absolutely no desire to do the dance, let alone rehearse it.”

Curtis said, “I think he was hoping I’d get sick or something, and we’d be like, ‘Oh, well, what a shame, we’ve got to lose that dance sequence.'”

However, he explained that there was a “contractual obligation” for Grant to perform the scene, which the actor jokingly referred to as a “contractual guillotine”.

Sawyer’s special also included interviews with cast members Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, and a message from Martine McCutcheon.

The laughter and the secrets of love actually: 20 years later Available to stream on Hulu in the US on Wednesday November 30th.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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