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Hugh Grant reveals he hated filming his iconic ‘Love Actually’ dance scene: ‘Excruciating’

Hugh Grant admitted that he hated filming his iconic dance scene in the 2003 classic holiday movie “Love Actually.”

The 62-year-old actor told Diane Sawyer that he immediately disliked the scene, in which his Prime Minister character David dances exuberantly around 10 Downing Street to the Pointer Sisters’ “Jump (For My Love)”.

“I saw it in the script and I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to hate doing that,'” he said in a clip from the upcoming ABC News special “The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later” via People magazine.

Hugh Grant admitted that he hated filming his iconic “Love Actually” dance scene in a clip from the upcoming ABC News special “The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later.”
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Grant continued, “I didn’t feel like dancing at all, let alone rehearsing it.”

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“He kept saying no,” “Love Actually” director and screenwriter Richard Curtis recalled.

“I think he was hoping I’d get sick or something and we’d say, ‘Oh, well, what a shame, we’re going to have to lose that dance series.’ “

Curtis told Sawyer that Grant was “grumpy” the day of the shoot, but that the Golden Globe Award winner “knew it was a contractual obligation.”

“Just a contractual guillotine coming up?” Sawyer, 76, asked Grant.

“Yes, a contractual guillotine,” he agreed.

“And I’m out of rhythm anyway, especially in the beginning when I’m wobbling my a**,” Grant added.

Sawyer asked Curtis how he felt when Grant finally filmed the scene. “I think, oh, good, he does. And two, that’s excruciatingly embarrassing,” the filmmaker recalled. “He was just perfect.”

The hour-long special commemorates the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday movie.

The hour-long special commemorates the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday movie.
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Grant took credit for coming up with the hilariously awkward conclusion to the scene where David’s secretary walks in on him showing off his stuff. “It was my idea to let that secretary get me,” he said. “Genius.”

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“And to this day there are many people – and I agree with them – who think this is the most excruciating scene ever committed on celluloid,” joked the “Bridget Jones Diary” star. “But some people like it.”

The upcoming one-hour special commemorates the beloved holiday 20th anniversary movie. “The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later – A Diane Sawyer Special” airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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