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Hugh Grant Says He Dreaded Filming Love Actually’s Now-Iconic Dance Scene: ‘Excruciating

Hugh Grant‘s dance scene in 실제로 사랑 is one of the most beloved moments in the 2003 British holiday classic — but the actor himself wasn’t exactly thrilled about it going in.

PEOPLE has an exclusive clip from the upcoming ABC News special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 몇 년 후, 에 의해 호스팅 다이앤 소여, in which Grant, 62, admits hehate(d)” the idea.

The scene in question sees Grant’s character David, a.k.a the prime minister, getting down throughout his residence at 10 Downing Street to a backing track of The Pointer Sisters’ “Jump.

I saw it in the script and I thought, '잘, I’ll hate doing that,’ ” he recalls to Sawyer, 76, in the special. “I didn’t fancy doing the dance at all, let alone rehearsing it.

He kept saying no,” adds writer/director Richard Curtis, 농담, “I think he was hoping I’d get ill or something and we’d say, '오, 잘, what a shame, we’ll have to lose that dancing sequence.’ ”

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Hugh Grant in 실제로 사랑 (2003).
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Curtis, 66, tells Sawyer that Grantwas grumpyon the day they filmed the scene, 하지만 “it was a contractual obligationthat he follow through.

A contractual guillotine, 예,” 그랜트 말한다, agreeing with the phrase Sawyer throws out. “And I’m out of rhythm, 그런데, especially at the beginning when I wiggle my ass.

Curtis was ecstatic when Grant committed to the scene, joking to Sawyer, “[나는 생각했다], ‘That’s agonizingly embarrassing. He’s just perfect.’ ”

Grant credits himself with the idea of having the prime minister’s secretary catching him in the act, which quickly puts an end to his impromptu boogie.

And to this day, there’s many people — and I agree with them — who think it’s the most excruciating scene ever committed to celluloid,” 그는 농담. “But then some people like it.

Curtis calls Grant — whom he has worked with on several films, 포함 네 번의 결혼식과 장례식 (1994), Notting Hill (1999) 그리고 Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) — hisluckiest break,” 설명, “I don’t even know if I’d have a film career without Hugh, so I’m very grateful he came along.

Despite his initial reservations about the scene, Grant recreated it for a good cause back in 2017 as part of a 실제로 사랑 mini-sequel — this time set to 드레이크'NS Hotline Bling.

The 10-minute sequel — written and directed by Curtis — was part of Comic Relief’s annual Red Nose Day, a popular fundraiser for children that always draws huge stars for its comedy routines.

실제로 사랑 follows an ensemble cast of primarily London-based characters, whose lives intertwine in various (mostly romantic) relationship-related ways in the weeks leading up to 크리스마스.

실제로 사랑 - 2003

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Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in 실제로 사랑 (2003).
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다가오는 one-hour special marking the 20th anniversary of its makingwill look at how the film became a beloved Christmas tradition and a global sensation, with new insight into behind-the-scenes secrets and iconic scenes,” 릴리스에 따라.

The special will also examine how the 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19 pandemic refocused the ways we love and connect and the omnipresent acts of kindness inside our families and communities,” 치열한 경쟁 치어리딩 경기를 라이브 콘서트의 장엄한 제작 가치와 함께 최초의 프리미어 운동 경기로 탈바꿈시킬 것입니다..

Returning alongside Grant and Curtis for the special are Emma Thompson (여자 이름, Grant’s onscreen sister), 로라 리니 (사라), Bill Nighy (Billy Mack), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (샘), Olivia Olson (조안나) 그리고 더. Also included will be a message from Martine McCutcheon, who plays Natalie, Grant’s onscreen love interest.

실제로 사랑 also starred the late Alan Rickman, 앤드류 링컨, 키이라 나이틀리, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rodrigo Santoro, Lúcia Moniz, Martin Freeman, Kris Marshall, Joanna Page, Heike Makatsch, Abdul Salis, Gregor Fisher and Liam Neeson.

The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later – A Diane Sawyer Special airs Tuesday at 8 오후. ABC의 동부 표준시, and the next day on Hulu.