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Hugh Grant attends the premiere of 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' in New York, Sunday, April 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

In the film The Pirates! Band of Misfits out on Friday (April 27), Queen Victoria is given a real drubbing but Hugh Grant, who lends his voice to the animation, is a big fan of Britain’s current Queen.

Although he doesn’t expect to be standing in the Mall in London waving a flag during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations he says: “I can’t help admiring the Queen — I’ve always thought she was fabulous. I’m a big supporter of hers.”

The film is the latest production from the Oscar winning Aardman Animations studio, which is probably best known for its Wallace and Gromit stories.

Grant provides the voice of the Pirate Captain, who is competing in a Pirate of the Year competition. He has to contend with a vicious Queen Victoria who will stop at nothing to rid the world of pirates.

The humor in the animation is quite British, but Grant doesn’t foresee any problem with it being embraced in the U.S. He takes the view that films shouldn’t be crafted with international audiences in mind.

He says: “I’ve always found that every time a filmmaker tries to be international in their appeal they fail — and every time they try to just please themselves and be very indigenous and local it has a much higher chance of international success.”

The Pirates! Band of Misfits arrives in American cinemas in the wake of some very good reviews in the UK where it opened last month.

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By Tom Brook