Saturday March 10th 2012

The following is just one amazing excerpt from the altogether hilarious, intimate and exquisitely self-effacing Hugh Grant interview in this month’s Empire mag:

Empire: Why did you want to voice a pirate? Is the booty good?
Grant: No, they pay peanuts for these things. I think what happens is that they make a rough version of the film with drawings and they get local actors to do the voices and then they take that to the studio and say, “What do you think? Shall we go ahead and spend tons of money on making this?” And the studio says, “Yes, but you will have to change the actors into people who are known.” So then the director, poor old Peter Lord, who by now has fallen in love with the original Pirate Captain’s voice, has to come to someone like me and get me to do it. And I said, “You don’t want me to do it. You’d much rather have the voice you have,” and he says, “No, no, no, we would love to have you.” I said, “Bollocks!” But I did it anyway.

The full Q&A is well worth your £3.99.