Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Four Weddings and... 72 Auditions

Richard Curtis revealed he had seen at least 70 actors before Hugh Grant for the starting role in Four Weddings And A Funeral

Hugh Grant was the 72nd person to be auditioned for the lead role in Four Weddings And A Funeral, Richard Curtis has revealed.

The role of Charles in the British rom-com swept Grant to stardom, and he went on to appear in the likes of Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually.

But Curtis, who penned the 1994 film, directed by Mike Newell, told the Radio Times: "Hugh Grant was, I think, the 72nd person we auditioned for the lead in Four Weddings, and was the first one to make it seem funny at all."

Curtis said that the movie had to be re-edited before it was released.

"When we'd shot it, and watched the edit of the film, it didn't work at all. So, for four months, we played a bizarre game of edit-chess until at last we ended up with something that worked better."

Grant has previously said that his Four Weddings audition would have been his last if he had not got the job.

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