Hugh Grant opens up on Notting Hill sequel with Julia Roberts
Hugh Grant has revealed he is willing to do a Notting Hill sequel – but stressed that fans could not expect a happily ever after.
The British actor took to Twitter where he participated in a Q&A session for his new HBO miniseries The Undoing.
The 60-year-old explained what it would take for him to revisit the romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts, 52.
“I would like to do a sequel to one of my own romantic comedies that shows what happened after one of those films ended,” he explained.
“Really, to prove the terrible lie that they all were, that it was a happy ending.
“I’d like to do me and Julia and the hideous divorce that’s ensued with really expensive lawyers, children involved in (a) tug of love, flood of tears.
“Psychologically scarred forever. I’d love to do that film.”
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The 1999 film follows London bookstore owner William Thacker (Grant) who, by a stroke of luck, meets famous movie star Anna Scott (Roberts).
The two develop an unlikely romance that involves tabloid drama.
Roberts’ lead character would also go on to say the iconic line: “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
In the end, the couple ends up married, in love and with a baby on the way.
Grant has famously starred in a number of iconic romantic comedies during the ‘90s and early ‘00s including Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Nine Months (1995), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Love Actually (2003).
In his new show with Australian starlet, The Undoing, he plays Jonathan Fraser, who is accused of murder.
In January, Grant admitted it was freeing to take on a completely different role.
“Christ, it’s such a relief (to play bad guys),” he explained to TVGuide.com at the time.
“I can’t tell you. Richard Curtis, who wrote all of those romantic comedies did a lot of – it always used to make him laugh that people thought I was that nice, public, Englishman because he knew that exactly the reverse was true.”
“It’s very nice to be closer to home,” he added.
Grant does not want anyone to get confused though - he does not regret any of his famous rom-com movie roles.
“I was being paid tons of money,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I was very lucky. And most of those romantic comedies I can look squarely in the face – one or two are shockers, but on the whole, I can look them in the face and people like them.”