Hugh Grant reveals what happened at his Four Weddings and a Funeral audition

It has been 25 years since Hugh Grant won millions of hearts as foppish Charles with that wonderful rain-soaked non-proposal.

But it wasn’t just the public Hugh wooed with Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Because, while he became the go-to man for writer Richard Curtis – starring in his films Notting Hill, Love Actually and two of the Bridget Jones movies – their first meeting was anything but luvvies at first sight.

Hugh, 58, reveals ahead of Comic Relief’s Four Weddings reunion on March 15: “[My audition] was in front of Mike Newell, the director, who seemed to quite like me, and Richard Curtis, who seemed to want me dead. He really hated me.

“Apparently there was a bit of a fight between them…. and Richard didn’t want me at all.”

Richard, 62, finally had “his arm twisted” and – in true romcom fashion – realised the man he couldn’t stand was the perfect match all along. It wasn’t just Richard who had concerns.

Hugh saw an early cut of 1994 movie Four Weddings, and thought it would be a flop.

“It was shot in 36 days in a blind panic, with Mike Newell hurling teacups at the wall, saying, ‘I can’t f***ing do it’,” he says in Sky Arts’ BAFTA: Life in Pictures, being aired on Thursday.

“There wasn’t a laugh in it – well, Rowan [Atkinson] was funny. The rest of it was just awful. And I had to be helped, sobbing, back on to the set… We thought we were going to have to emigrate to Peru because it was so embarrassing.”

Instead, it made more than £100million and was nominated for the Oscar for best film, meaning a quarter of a century on, there are no red faces, just red noses.

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