Hugh Grant has built a career on playing romantic leads — from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Notting Hill to Love Actually. At 54, he still oozes charm, which is perhaps why his frequent collaborator Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics) was able to talk him into taking on a romantic role once again. In the new film The Rewrite, which will be released on video on demand this Friday, Grant stars opposite Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny) as a screenwriter who begrudgingly takes a job as a teacher when his ink well runs dry.
But even though the film will be released on video on demand this Valentine’s Day weekend, Grant thinks watching it on the holiday may be a mistake. TIME sat down with the Brit to talk how he’s contributed to people’s unrealistic expectations about romance, why studios don’t make rom-coms anymore, a...
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