Hugh Grant, who plays Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, says, jokingly, he enjoyed the aftermath of his role in Bridget Jones's Diary.
"It did a lot of good for me personally, actually," Hugh says. "A whole slew of women who used to despise me for being a sort of Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes suddenly looked at me with new eyes. Previous to that my fan base had been over-50s. Then, after Daniel, a few younger women were prepared to like me. I quite like him for that reason."
Hugh also joked about his feelings about having children. "I think with the right-sized children in the right clothes by my side...I think I'd look great."
But seriously: "I do quite like that idea. I have a lot of 'lost soul' friends whose souls were saved by having children. They suddenly got nicer and, you know, actually wanted to live for another 30 years."
Like Renée, Hugh has dealt with the issues of fame for years. Even though they both say they have issues with the paparazzi invading their private lives, unlike Renée, Hugh professes his impatience with them.
"I've seen her with the paparazzi and she handles it pretty well," Hugh says of Renée. "I'm just awful. I want to kick them. I do kick them. I find if you smile until you're within minimum focal distance for their lens, then they can't get the picture and that's when you kick 'em as hard as you can."
One of the most famous lines in Bridget Jones's Diary comes from Colin Firth's character, Mark Darcy. He tells Renée's Bridget, "I love you just the way you are." Colin says audience reactions to this line's simple grace caught him off guard.
"It amazes me the impact that line has because I would have thought it's a fairly obvious thing you would say to a partner," he says. "It seems incredible how much hunger for that sort of affirmation there is out there, really. I know a lot of people who say, 'It goes without saying...' And that's when you get the cry of protest. 'No, you have to say it.'"
Colin also says that shooting a sequel of such a beloved movie was a startling experience. "When we first got together and were shooting in the street, it was a bizarre experience to be dressed as a character that everybody knew," he says. "I'd seen the first film only once and there were people who showed up on the street to watch who had probably seen it two or three or more times. Other people owned these characters in their minds and cherished them. You really don't want to mess with that."
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