The Radio Times logo

Hugh Grant doesn’t know why Love Actually is still popular, actually

And he says he’ll never forget THAT excruciating dance scene…

Published: Sunday, 23rd December 2018 at 11:36 am

It’s a Christmas classic, watched and beloved by millions of viewers (and turtleneck enthusiasts) every year – but one of Love Actually’s stars still doesn’t know quite what all the fuss is about.


"I don't know why Love Actually is still so popular," Hugh Grant, who plays the Prime Minister in Richard Curtis's 2003 interwoven collection of festive love stories, told MSN.

"Everyone watches it at Christmas, which is nice."

Perhaps, we might suggest, Grant’s own performance has a little something to do with the film’s enduring appeal, particularly the now-famed scene where he dances around 10 Downing street – though according to the actor, in real life that was more painful than entertaining.

"Do I remember anything from filming? I mean, there was the horror of that scene where I had to dance around,” Grant recalled.

"I suspect that was the most excruciating scene ever committed [to film].

"It wasn't easy for an Englishman in his 40s to do at 7 in the morning, stone-cold sober."

Which makes it all the more impressive that Mr Grant managed to repeat the feat for the Red Nose Day special last year while in his 50s. Now THAT’s commitment.


Love Actually is currently streaming on Netflix UK


Sponsored content