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Hugh Grant talks about doing "a lot of killing and raping" in Cloud Atlas

02.16.2012
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As Mike stated back in this article, I have no idea at all as to what I should expect from CLOUD ATLAS as a story, let alone when directed by the trio of Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski.  I've never read the book, but what we've heard from the actors about what's going on (gender, race, and age bending) leaves me most definitely intrigued.  Well now one of the more curious pieces of casting has stepped forward to share a bit of information that I, for one, find pleasantly surprising. 

Hugh Grant being very dashing"I have six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film," Hugh Grant said. "I do a lot of killing and raping. I wear an awful lot of prosthetic make up, too. You probably won’t know that I am in the film! But it was a laugh. I thought before I read it that I’d turn it down, which I normally do, but I  was interested in meeting the Wachowskis because I have always admired them enormously. And they are so charming and fascinating."  Grant went on to call all of the six characters he plays "incredibly evil," and then shared this story from the recently-wrapped production: "I slightly called my own bluff. In one of the parts I am a cannibal, about 2000 years in the future, and I thought, 'I can do that. It’s easy.' And then I am suddenly standing in a cannibal skirt on a mountaintop in Germany and they are saying, 'You know, hungry! We must have that flesh-eating, like a leopard who is so hungry...' and I am thinking, 'I can’t do that! Just give me a witty line!'"

Grant also called CLOUD ATLAS "as the biggest independent film of his career. 'I have seen little bits of cut footage and it is just astonishing. I probably had 20 shooting days, and each of them is shooting their own part of the film with their own crews. It’s remarkable.'"

Grant's co-star, Chinese actress Xun Zhou:

Xun Zhou

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Extra Tidbit: The Wachowskis have only directed one movie between 2003's THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS and this year's CLOUD ATLAS, that movie of course being SPEED RACER.
Source: Empire

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1:57PM on 02/17/2012
I'm looking forward to this. I have honestly enjoyed most of the projects that the Wachowski's have been apart of, and yes that includes all The Matrix films, Speed Racer, and even their producing efforts. So, I am looking forward to this, though I really can't wrap my head around it and will be very interested to see how it plays out.
I'm looking forward to this. I have honestly enjoyed most of the projects that the Wachowski's have been apart of, and yes that includes all The Matrix films, Speed Racer, and even their producing efforts. So, I am looking forward to this, though I really can't wrap my head around it and will be very interested to see how it plays out.
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1:37AM on 02/17/2012
Book is great. Incredibly ambitious. But most likely unfilmable without editing/changing a lot of it. I'm still willing to see them try, though.
Book is great. Incredibly ambitious. But most likely unfilmable without editing/changing a lot of it. I'm still willing to see them try, though.
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5:32PM on 02/16/2012
I can not fucking wait for this movie. Wachowskis are a trip if nothing else, and Tykwer is EXTREMELY talented. Plus cast, plus great source material, plus ambitious as hell set designs, plus all the craziness I've heard about this film = one of my most anticipated of 2012.
I can not fucking wait for this movie. Wachowskis are a trip if nothing else, and Tykwer is EXTREMELY talented. Plus cast, plus great source material, plus ambitious as hell set designs, plus all the craziness I've heard about this film = one of my most anticipated of 2012.
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2:40PM on 02/16/2012

more Wachowskis is always a good thing!

can not wait for ANYTHING from them, they always deliver great, interesting, unique movies!
can not wait for ANYTHING from them, they always deliver great, interesting, unique movies!
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1:31PM on 02/16/2012
Hugh Grant as a futuristic cannibal? Yeah, I'm there!
Hugh Grant as a futuristic cannibal? Yeah, I'm there!
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10:20AM on 02/16/2012
one of the best books of the past 20 years. probably unfilmable, but Tykwer is right up there for who I'd want to direct it and the Wachowski's involvement is fascinating. I think this will be the top contender for "Trippiest Film" Golden Shmoe next year!
one of the best books of the past 20 years. probably unfilmable, but Tykwer is right up there for who I'd want to direct it and the Wachowski's involvement is fascinating. I think this will be the top contender for "Trippiest Film" Golden Shmoe next year!
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9:49AM on 02/16/2012
Every time I hear about this movie, it feels like somebody is driving a big dump truck full of "WTF?" up to my house.
Every time I hear about this movie, it feels like somebody is driving a big dump truck full of "WTF?" up to my house.
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8:10AM on 02/16/2012
I felt like he raped my brain as well when I kept trying to figure out how he could cheat on Elizabeth Hurley with a hooker. Still scarred to this day.
Oh yeah and the movie sounds cool.
I felt like he raped my brain as well when I kept trying to figure out how he could cheat on Elizabeth Hurley with a hooker. Still scarred to this day.
Oh yeah and the movie sounds cool.
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