Hugh Grant Reveals He Turned Down an Early 'Black Mirror' Role
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Hugh Grant has revealed that he passed on a role in the very first episode of Black Mirror.
The enduringly popular actor recently appeared in Death to 2020, a topical mockumentary from Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. But, he could have worked with them nearly a decade earlier on "The National Anthem," Black Mirror's notorious premiere episode.
"I've got this feeling I was offered a part in one ages ago. Was there one in which the Prime Minister has to have sex with a pig?" Grant told Digital Spy. "Yeah. I think I was offered a part in that. Maybe I was the Prime Minister. I can't remember. But I knew I couldn't do it at the time. I think I was busy doing something else. I was making some film. I really can't remember. It was a long time ago."
The Prime Minister part ultimately went to Rory Kinnear, who portrays fictional British P.M. Michael Callow as he's placed in a pretty hellish situation: when a member of the Royal Family is kidnapped, her captors stipulate that they'll only release her if Callow has intimate relations with a pig.
Grant, of course, played a fictional British Prime Minister in the classic holiday movie Love Actually. He also portrayed a real-life British politician Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the Liberal Party from 1967 to 1976, in the BBC miniseries A Very English Scandal.
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