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Hugh Grant to play rapist-killer in Cloud Atlas

Hugh Grant in Love Actually

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Grant is to play a rapist in new movie Cloud Atlas alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

The Bridget Jones/Love Actually star revealed the casting to Empire magazine, when he revealed that he has six cameo parts in the big screen adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel.

Describing the movie as “a strange, ambitious film”, Grant said: “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.”

Cloud Atlas is being directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (of The Matrix fame) from a script by Run Lola Run‘s Tom Twyker.

Alluding to more of what he has to do on-screen, Grant added: “In one of the parts I am a cannibal, about 2,000 years in the future, and I thought, ‘I can do that. It’s easy’. 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!’”

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