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Hugh Grant: Multiple-Personality Slave Driver?
Hugh Grant has been playing a lot of golf during his four-year sabbatical from Hollywood, but the Four Weddings and a Funeral star is poised to come back in a big way with not one but six roles in the cryptic new movie co-directed by the Wachowski Brothers, Cloud Atlas, calling the project the "strangest offer I ever had."
"It's the strangest film, strangest script, strangest offer I ever had," Grant tells MTV of the new film from the makers of The Matrix with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). "To play six small parts, all of them appalling killers and rapists, and some of them 85-year-old men, others Korean slave drivers. I thought maybe they were having a joke at my expense when they asked me to do it."
Based on the complex David Mitchell novel, Cloud Atlas tells six stories, each set in a different time and place -- from the 19th century South Pacific to a post-apocalyptic world -- which become intricately related to each other. Also starring Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving, it's expected in theaters this October.
Grant recently became a new dad to a daughter with Chinese actress Tinglan Hong, and he interestingly singled out his favorite character of the six he played in the movie.
"It was hard not to love being the Korean slave owner," says Grant of his futuristic Cloud Atlas alter-ego. "My slaves were Korean girls who were Replicants serving in a fast food restaurant a few thousand years in the future, all in tiny little uniforms, and my job is to corral them and abuse them."