Hugh Grant to portray six different villains in 'Cloud Atlas' film
Hugh Grant says he wasn't sure if he could pull off portraying six different villains in his upcoming film, "Cloud Atlas."
"I have six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film," Grant told Empire magazine. "I do a lot of killing and raping. I wear an awful lot of prosthetic make up, too. You probably won't know that I am in the film! But it was a laugh. I thought before I read it that I'd turn it down, which I normally do, but I was interested in meeting the Wachowskis because I have always admired them enormously. And they are so charming and fascinating."
The 51-year-old actor has more often appeared in Romantic Comedies than Science Fiction films, but says he realized the film was going to be more of a challenge than what he was used to.
"In one of the parts I am a cannibal, about 2000 years in the future, and I thought, 'I can do that. It's easy,'" Grant said. "And then I am suddenly standing in a cannibal skirt on a mountaintop in Germany and they are saying, 'You know, hungry! We must have that flesh-eating, like a leopard who is so hungry...' and I am thinking, 'I can't do that! Just give me a witty line!'"
The film, which is based on a novel by David Mitchell, follows six different interconnected stories set in different times and place, including that of a journalist who investigates alleged corruption at a nuclear power plant in 1975 and a tribesman living a primitive life in a post-apocalyptic future.
The movie, which is slated for release on October 19, 2012, also stars Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon.
Berry famously injured her foot while chasing a goat in-between filming "Cloud Atlas in Mallorca, Spain. In addition to Spain, the movie was also shot in Scotland and Germany.
The epic film was taken on by three Directors, who also wrote the script together - Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana (born Laurence) Wachowski.
The Wachowskis, who were formerly known as The Wachowski Brothers, are best known for creating "The Matrix" franchise. Tykwer is best known for directing "Run Lola Run," "Heaven," "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and "The International."
Grant is also set to reprise his role as Daniel Cleaver in "Bridget Jone's Diary 3," opposite Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth.
Firth revealed some details of a possible plot line, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I can tell you that Bridget and Mark can't have children, I think that's the way it goes on. So then she makes the huge mistake of going back to Daniel Cleaver [Hugh Grant's character] for long enough to get pregnant. And I think he dumps her, and she's left stranded, and guess who comes back to rescue her?"
Grant also welcomed his own baby recently, a girl with a woman with whom he had a "fleeting affair."
"Hugh Grant is the delighted father of a baby girl," the actor's spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement on November 1. "He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned, Hugh could not be happier or more supportive. He and the mother have discussed everything and are on very friendly terms."
Grant has never been married. He was last linked romantically to Chinese actress Tinglan Hong, 31.
Grant has had past relationships with actress Elizabeth Hurley and socialite and writer Jemima Khan. He and Hurley dated for about 13 years and even weathered through a much-publicized sex scandal - he was arrested in 1995 for soliciting a prostitute. He and the actress broke up in 2000. Grant dated Khan between 2004 and 2007.
Grant's love life and scandal have often dominated tabloid headlines. Earlier this year, he helped spearhead a legal battle against one such publication, the UK newspaper News of the World, which was the focus of a celebrity phone hacking scandal. The tabloid shut down in July.
The actor also accused the UK's Daily Mail of hacking his phone, which the paper's editor Paul Dacre adamantly denies.
Grant rose to fame as the male lead in the 1994 romantic film "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and later went on to star in the 2001 film "Bridget Jones' Diary" and its 2004 sequel.