Grant snubs Polanski for romantic comedies

April 4th, 2010 - 11:42 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 4 (IANS) British actor Hugh Grant turned down a chance to star in Roman Polanski’s new film “The Ghost Writer” because he wanted to focus on making romantic comedies.
Robert Harris, who adapted his own novel “The Ghost” for the big screen version, admits he originally wanted the “Four Weddings and a Funeral” star to play the part of the British prime minister’s ghostwriter in the movie but Grant turned it down, reports

The role went to Scottish actor Ewan McGregor instead. Harris was disappointed by the snub and revealed Grant wanted to make “rom-coms” because they are more “profitable”.

“I pushed for Grant because my model was Hitchcock and more specifically North by Northwest, which has an ‘everyman’ hero that I thought he could play. And it was important to me, too, the film had jokes and was funny,” said Harris.

“He’s in the rom-com zone and it’s very profitable for him. But this was an opportunity to extend his range a bit,” he added.

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