After gifting us with the rhyme-spitting and finger-flipping M.I.A., it looks like another London-born rapper is stepping into the spotlight: Hugh Grant!
No. That is not a typo.
In a new interview, the Love Actually star reveals that his new movie role required him to channel Biggie, Tupac and Eminem.
"I have six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film," Grant said of Cloud Atlas. "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."
Although it doesn't sound like the audience will be doing much laughing given the way Grant describes his characters, all of whom he describes as "incredibly evil."
"In one of the parts I am a cannibal, about 2000 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!'"
Cloud Atlas is the latest high-concept film from the Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), who are co-directing the project, which stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving and Jim Sturgess.
It's based on the 2004 novel and described thusly: The novel consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or watched) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last one get interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
Cloud Atlas will hit theaters October 2012.
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