It was with his breakout role bewitching Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral that Hugh Grant discovered his true calling in life: Seducing Yanks. From Notting Hill to ah, Sunset Boulevard, the London native built his fame — and singlehandedly reversed the course of the American Revolution — by imposing the Queen’s English on a whole new generation of unsuspecting Americans. Sure, his romantic comedies are delightful; and no actor’s better at dry, ironic understatement. But beneath that effortless charisma lurks tyranny, I say! And harrumph!
But perhaps I’m being a little too hard… In fact, we only have ourselves blame. While Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt, and Christian Bale regularly don American accents, Hollywood gladly crafts on-screen characters for Grant that take advantage of his ancestral charms — in Music and Lyrics and American Dreamz, he was an ex-pat in American surroundings. And why not? Americans love a dapper Englishman; just ask Ian Fleming. And let’s not forget, it wasn’t so long ago that the tables were turned and the mid-Atlantic accent was en vogue: Brussels-born Audrey Hepburn and Brit Cary Grant were hiding their origins and working upper-crusty American cadences to their best advantage.
So why settle for less than the real thing? Watch Englishman Hugh Grant do what he does best, with America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock, in Two Weeks Notice.