Hugh Grant Says His Six 'Cloud Atlas' Characters Are 'Incredibly Evil'
by Ethan Anderton
February 15, 2012
Much of the Cloud Atlas adaptation from Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer has been shrouded in secrecy with the exception of some concept art and the details about each of the film's stars playing no less than six different characters in different worlds. But while speaking to Hugh Grant recently (whose voice can be heard in the forthcoming animated feature Pirates! Band of Misfits) Empire was able to get some interesting details about the characters everyone's favorite charmingly befuddled romantic comedy star will be taking on in this wholly intriguing project. Apparently they're all incredibly evil. More below!
For those who don't know, the story follows six plot threads across time—a 19th century notary on a Pacific expedition, a bisexual musician in the 1930s, a female journalist in a thriller in 1970s California, an aging publisher in London in the present, a clone in a futuristic dystopia, and a Pacific survivor in a post-apocalyptic world. Here's what Grant had to say about his involvement in Cloud Atlas:
"I have six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film. 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.
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!'"
Grant adds, "It will be fascinating to see how it turns out. "I have seen little bits of cut footage and it is just astonishing. I probably had 20 shooting days, and each of them is shooting their own part of the film with their own crews. It’s remarkable." This film sounds like it just might be as ambitious as The Matrix, the film which set Hollywood ablaze with inspiration and bullet time action. Since then the Wachowski duo has failed to capture the same magic, but in this collaboration with Tom Tykwer and a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving and more, it sounds like we have something special on the way.