Hugh Grant has revealed he is nothing like his charming on-screen characters, saying in real-life he is a ‘nasty piece of work’ and an ‘egomaniac’.
The 55-year-old made his name for playing a bumbling romantic Englishmen in films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.
In an interview with US ‘shock jock’ Howard Stern, he said he is the complete opposite.
When asked if he had to be a hopeless romantic to play his roles, Hugh said ‘’Well I’m not, I’m quite the reverse. I’m a nasty piece of work, an ego maniac. That was all fake from my point of view.”
When Stern then went on to say that people saw him as a ‘humble guy’ he replied ‘That’s fake too. I don’t know what’s fake and what’s not.”
Hugh also raised his eyebrows when they were talking about couples who have long relationships and keep their marriages going.
The actor has never married despite having a string of long-term relationships, including one with actress Elizabeth Hurley. He has fathered four children with two women.
Hugh said ‘’I can see the lovely aspect if you marry exactly the right person, your best friend and it’s cosy, and it’s lovely.
“But people make so many mistakes. Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful, relationships? No, No, No. Whoever said they were? Only the Bible or something. No one ever said that was a good idea. I think there’s something unromantic about marriage. You’re closing yourself off.
“I always admire the French and the Italians who are very devoted to their marriages.
“They take them extremely seriously, but it is understood that there might be other visitors at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. You just never boast about it. They never say anything, but that’s what keeps marriages together.
“As soon as you get married you are into possessiveness, ownership, jealously all these unhappy things… boredom. And if you don’t do those things it can still be sexy, romantic and fun.”
This is the last thing I wanted to hear from Hugh. I loved him. Still, do. I LOVE HIM.