Paddington 2 was "pretty much hated" by Hugh Grant's children

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: StudioCanal
Photo credit: StudioCanal

From Digital Spy

Hugh Grant's kids apparently "hated" Paddington 2 upon first seeing it three years ago.

Funnily enough, his performance as villain Phoenix Buchanan in the live-action/animation hybrid sequel was lauded by fans and critics, but you just can't please everybody.

Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers via video link recently, the British actor recalled their reactions.

Photo credit: StudioCanal
Photo credit: StudioCanal

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"I was convinced they would [like it], so I set up a special screening for them," he told the US chatshow host, before joking: "That takes a whole cinema... I have hundreds of children.

"I got them in there and they pretty much hated it, they kept whispering to me: 'Why are you in it so much?' But anyway, I make them like it now.

"They have to watch it every night and tell me how good I am, otherwise they don't get fed," he joked.

Photo credit: StudioCanal
Photo credit: StudioCanal

Related: The Undoing's Hugh Grant explains why he kept his British accent

Elsewhere in their conversation, Grant went on to label Paddington 2 a "masterpiece".

"It is a kind of masterpiece, even if you extract me. You know, [director] Paul King made a masterpiece – I believe it's the only film on Rotten Tomatoes with 100% in the world, so I'm proud to be in it."

Although this is no longer quite accurate as earlier this year Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg's Palm Springs achieved the same feat and more recently Spontaneous, starring 13 Reason Why's Katherine Langford, also scored the coveted 100% rating, it's still a great achievement.

Fancy watching Grant outside of his rom-com comfort zone in another project? Simply look no further than HBO's new miniseries The Undoing.

The Undoing airs on Mondays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic and is available on streaming service NOW TV. US viewers can watch new episodes on HBO every Sunday at 9pm ET.

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