Richard Curtis has admitted he did not want Hugh Grant to star in Four Weddings And A Funeral - because he thought he was too good looking.
The Love Actually and Notting Hill writer made his name penning the hit 1994 romantic comedy, which also shot Hugh to fame. But the British actor recently claimed on The Graham Norton Show that Richard did "everything in his power to stop me getting the part", adding he assumed it was because he was " too hoity-toity posh".
Now writer and director Richard has set the record straight during a question-and-answer session at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, according to RadioTimes.com.
He said: "The absolutely key thing for that film when I was writing it was that the person who was playing the lead would not be good looking. That was the absolute starting thesis of the film."
Asked how the film would have been different if Hugh hadn't bagged the leading role, Richard said: "Hugh would be less rich and more happy."
He added: "No, I think he was always going to be unhappy, just in a different way."
Richard also addressed the film's closing line: "Is it still raining, I hadn't noticed," parodied by Hugh and Graham Norton during his recent chat show apppearance.
Richard claimed it was his co-writer, the late Oscar-winning diirector Anthony Minghella, who was responsible for the line.
He said: "I've got a feeling Anthony Minghella wrote that line - but seeing as how it's the worst line in the film, that may be me simply trying to get out of trouble.
"His first TV series was called What If It Stops Raining? - that's what's always made me suspicious."
He added: "The great thing about people being dead, is that you can say anything you like about them."