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Hugh Grant spends too much time reading bad reviews

Playing Meryl Streep's movie husband really made the actor serve up a great performance in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Hugh Grant tortures himself by reading the bad reviews written for every new movie he makes.

The actor has a nasty, unhealthy habit of skipping over anything good written about his performances and focusing on the negatives.

"I do look at reviews now and I do take it personally," he tells WENN. "I think it's perfectly fair to judge everyone on a case by case. It's amazing, you see brilliant actors suddenly taking the wrong road and being appalling which is quite fun really.

"I have a tendency through some weird, warped British masochism to skip over the good reviews and to read the bad ones with great interest. I'll allow them to cast me down for a bit."

And the Four Weddings and a Funeral star will never get over an early childhood memory of a terrible performance: "There was one time at school where I had to sing and I started off key and I never really got over that," he grimaces. "I got jeering and boos from 500 boys."

Grant doesn't have to worry about bad reviews for his latest film Florence Foster Jenkins, in which he plays Meryl Streep's husband, because most critics agree he and the film are superb.

The Brit admits acting alongside the great Meryl Streep really helped him perfect his role as St Clair Bayfield in the Stephen Frears film.

"I was terrified to work with Meryl," he admits. "I thought that she had this ridiculous talent and this extraordinary devotion to her craft and that's exactly how she was and it was intimidating. I thought, 'I have to raise my game', and I bloody well did have to!"

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