What is it about those British Grant men? I have had a huge crush on Hugh John Mungo Grant, aka Hugh Grant (Mungo—where the hell did that come from?) for over 16 years, ever since I got my first glimpse of those fluttering blue eyes in Four Weddings and a Funeral. That movie is in my top ten list of favorite all-time movies, and I bet you didn’t know that it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
I know, I’m married, but I’m still allowed to have crushes, and I actually think it’s quite healthy. My husband knows I have a crush on Hugh and still can’t believe I like him, even after he got caught hanging out with Divine on Sunset Boulevard. Hey, I know he’s a playboy, but I never said I wanted to marry him. I just want the guilty pleasure of swooning over him while watching a mindless romantic comedy.
Typically, when there is a movie released with Hugh, I mark the date on my calendar and rush to the theater opening weekend to get my Hugh fix. I don’t know how this happened, but I missed the theater release of Did You Hear About the Morgans? so I rented it on DVD last week. While I was watching, I thought to myself, What is it about Hugh that is just so damn cute? Is it his humble, self-depreciating manner, the stuttering, the perfect hair, the dreamy blue eyes, his ability to look good no matter what he’s wearing, his quirky humor, or it just simply because he’s so handsome? Actually, it’s all of those things, but probably the biggest factor for me is, I’m a sucker for a man with an accent!
Okay take a break, I know you need a Hugh fix?
It pisses me off that some critics have given Hugh a bad rap about his acting. I love this quote from him in response to the critics about his choice of roles in romantic comedies.
“I’ve never been tempted to do the part where I cry or get AIDS or save some people from a concentration camp just to get good reviews. I genuinely believe that comedy acting, light comedy acting, is as hard as, if not harder than, serious acting, and it genuinely doesn’t bother me that all the prizes and the good reviews automatically by knee-jerk reaction go to the deepest, darkest, most serious performances and parts. It makes me laugh.”
Hugh, I’m laughing with you. I don’t care if you play the bumbling hopeless romantic or the self-loathing cad; just keep making us laugh (and swoon) with that incredible British accent, and thanks for being the Cary Grant of my generation.
Watch Hugh as he explains the meaning behind the Mungo on Inside the Actors Studio.
So which movie star do you have a crush on?
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