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‘He wanted to kill me’: Hugh Grant spills on former co-stars

Hugh Grant has claimed Robert Downey Jr ‘wanted to kill’ him after they first met.
Hugh Grant has claimed Robert Downey Jr ‘wanted to kill’ him after they first met.

HUGH Grant has revealed in a new interview that he once had a feud with former co-star Robert Downey Jr.

"[He] hated me," the Paddington 2 star told People magazine. "We did a thing called Restoration, and he took one look at me and wanted to kill me."

The iconic British actor told the magazine he didn't know where the animosity with Downey had come from.

"I don't know. I was so hurt," he said.

Downey later took to Twitter to clear the air, letting Grant know that there was no longer any beef between them.

"A lot has happened over two decades!," Downey tweeted. "I respect how Mr. Grant has matured as an artist & voice against violations of privacy. Let's break bread together soon @HackedOffHugh! #burythehatchet2018."

In addition to Downey, Grant admitted that there was also some tension between him and Drew Barrymore on the set of their film Music and Lyrics.

"I admired her," he explained. "We were just very different human beings. She was very L.A. and I was a grumpy old Londoner."

But not all of Grant's co-star relationships were bad. The actor praised Meryl Streep, calling his Florence Foster Jenkins co-star "a genius," but quipped that she didn't have the best eyesight.

"She doesn't see very well, but she refuses to wear contact lenses. The result is, if we're doing a scene, I could have been Denzel Washington," he said.

Along with Streep, Grant gushed about his love for his Bridget Jones co-star Renée Zellweger.

"Renee loves me and I love Renee. Well, I mean she's in the same category as Emma Thompson, in terms of lunacy, but an amazing actor of course, and very generous," he said. "She once sent me a fabulous huge volume of beautiful photography, including a lot of semi-undressed women. I remember it because I had just landed in Marrakesh … and the book was impounded."

Grant also recalled good experiences with his Four Weddings and a Funeral co-star Andie MacDowell, who he called a "Southern peach charmer," and his Nine Months co-star, the late Robin Williams, who he called a "genius on another level" and "very kind."'

This story originally appeared in Fox News and is republished here with permission.

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