'Appalling, excruciating... a horrid experience'
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Hugh Grant recently revealed he hated his controversial role as an Oompa Loompa in the new film hit Wonka.

The actor, 63, has come under fire for his part in the movie, with his casting criticised by an actor with dwarfism, who argued the part should have been offered to an actor with the condition as there is a lack of appropriate roles for dwarfs.

And Hugh – who has an estimated net worth of $150 million – later revealed that he didn’t even want the part but took it because of the financial restraints caused by his parental duty.

The Golden Globe winner, who has five children aged between 13 and five, confessed to Metro: ‘I slightly hate [making films] but I have lots of children and need money.’

But this isn’t the first time he has hit out against his roles, as he has previously slated his roles in Love Actually, Nine Months and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Hugh Grant has revealed he hated his controversial role as an Oompa Loompa in the new film  Wonka after he came under fire from an actor with dwarfism for taking the role

Hugh Grant has revealed he hated his controversial role as an Oompa Loompa in the new film  Wonka after he came under fire from an actor with dwarfism for taking the role

Hugh Grant has revealed he hated his controversial role as an Oompa Loompa in the new film  Wonka after he came under fire from an actor with dwarfism for taking the role

But this isn't the first time he has hit out against his roles, as he has previously slated his roles in Love Actually (pictured) Nine Months and Four Weddings and a Funeral

But this isn't the first time he has hit out against his roles, as he has previously slated his roles in Love Actually (pictured) Nine Months and Four Weddings and a Funeral

But this isn’t the first time he has hit out against his roles, as he has previously slated his roles in Love Actually (pictured) Nine Months and Four Weddings and a Funeral

His gripes with Wonka were the filming process – in which he was transformed into a pintsized, piccolo-playing, orange Oompa Loompa through CGI.

Of the many cameras and filming equipment required to create the effect, he moaned: ‘It was like a crown of thorns, very uncomfortable.

‘I made a big fuss about it. I couldn’t have hated the whole thing more… and frankly, what I did with my body was terrible, and it’s all been replaced with an animator.’

Hugh’s children  

1987-2000 – Hugh enjoyed an extremely high-profile romance with Elizabeth before splitting following his infidelities. While they never had children, he is Godfather to her son Damian, 15

September 2011 – Hugh became a father for the first time, to a daughter Tabitha with receptionist Tinglan Hong, after ‘a fleeting affair’ 

September 2012 –  The actor later became a father for a second time to John Mungo, his first baby with Anna

December 2012- After a brief reunion, Hugh and Tinglan had another child, as she gave birth to a boy called Felix although this only became publicly known when a birth certificate leaked when he was 16-months-old 

December 2015 – Anna and Hugh became parents once more to a second child, although they have never announced the child’s name 

Wonka is not the only film the movie star has had negative comments about as he revealed that he found it ‘excruciating’ filming his iconic dancing scene as Prime Minister in Love Actually.

He said he saw the dance part in his script and immediately thought, ‘I’ll hate doing that!’.

While speaking Diane Sawyer’s for ABC’s The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later, Hugh said he was even ‘out of time’ with his wiggle in the final edit.

The famous scene saw him as PM dancing around 10 Downing Street to The Pointer Sisters’ song Jump before realising someone was watching him and quickly stopping.

Hugh explained: ‘I saw it in the script and I thought, ”Well, I’ll hate doing that”. I didn’t fancy doing the dance at all, let alone rehearsing it.’

‘He kept saying no,’ writer and director Richard Curtis – who appeared alongside him in the interview – then joked.

‘I think he was hoping I’d get ill or something and we’d say, ‘Oh, well, what a shame, we’ll have to lose that dancing sequence.’

Richard went on to say that Hugh was ‘grumpy’ the day they filmed the dance scene, but ‘it was a contractual obligation’ that he follow through.

Hugh then quipped: ‘A contractual guillotine, yes! And I’m out of rhythm, by the way, especially at the beginning when I wiggle my ass.’

Richard added that he was pleased with how Hugh really committed to the scene, joking: ‘I thought, ”That’s agonisingly embarrassing. He’s just perfect.”’

The Love Actually star revealed in 2017 that he also thought Four Weddings and a Funeral was an ‘appalling choice’.

Speaking about the film, Hugh said that the writer Richard Curtis ‘seemed to want me dead’.

Hugh said he only took the part in Wonka because 'I have lots of children and need money'. He has three children with wife Anna Eberstein (pictured) and two with an ex-partner

Hugh said he only took the part in Wonka because 'I have lots of children and need money'. He has three children with wife Anna Eberstein (pictured) and two with an ex-partner

Hugh said he only took the part in Wonka because ‘I have lots of children and need money’. He has three children with wife Anna Eberstein (pictured) and two with an ex-partner 

He explained that because Richard had designed the character of Charles ‘in his own image and when I waltzed in, he didn’t think I was him, and he was right.’

‘The bottom line is, it was Richard. Once I met him, I played him basically,’ according to Deadline.

He revealed that ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ producers wanted to give him ‘the worst haircut in the world and it backfired on them all because it became a haircut that was copied.’

Despite the movie being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Hugh told the audience that he thought it was a terrible film when he first saw a rough cut.

‘Rowan (Atkinson) was funny, the rest of it was just awful and I had to be helped sobbing back onto the set,’ he said.

‘Then they had a screening in Santa Monica, and suddenly everyone loved it. It was a total surprise to everyone.’

Hugh became hot property in Hollywood after his 1994 hit Four Weddings and a Funeral and was inundated with offers. 

The Love Actually star revealed in 2017 that he also thought his 1994 hit Four Weddings and a Funeral was an 'appalling choice'

The Love Actually star revealed in 2017 that he also thought his 1994 hit Four Weddings and a Funeral was an 'appalling choice'

The Love Actually star revealed in 2017 that he also thought his 1994 hit Four Weddings and a Funeral was an ‘appalling choice’

But he previously admitted that he made a big mistake by saying yes to the wrong movie.

‘I horrified my scary new LA agents by turning everything down and then finally made an appalling choice,’ he said.

‘I made the wrong film with very good people,’ he said. ‘I overacted grotesquely.’

Hugh also starred in Nine Months, a film about a successful child psychologist and one-time playboy Samuel Faulkner who panics when he hears that his girlfriend, Rebecca, is pregnant.

But the star also complained about this role and said shooting the movie was ‘a horrid experience’.

‘But, it made money and that’s all they care about. I was offered some huge children’s film almost as I emerged from the police station,’ he added.

Hugh also hated Nine Months, a film about a successful child psychologist and one-time playboy Samuel Faulkner who panics when he hears that his girlfriend, Rebecca, is pregnant

Hugh also hated Nine Months, a film about a successful child psychologist and one-time playboy Samuel Faulkner who panics when he hears that his girlfriend, Rebecca, is pregnant

Hugh also hated Nine Months, a film about a successful child psychologist and one-time playboy Samuel Faulkner who panics when he hears that his girlfriend, Rebecca, is pregnant

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