Hugh Grant has slammed rumors he could play Prince Andrew in a film adaptation of his infamous Newsnight interview.
It was revealed on Thursday that the story behind the Duke of York’s “Car Crash” performance on the BBC has been adapted for the big screen
In 2019, Prince Andrew sat down with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis to discuss his past friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, as well as allegations of sexual misconduct that had been leveled at the royal.
While the casting process hasn’t started yet, Deadline named Hugh as one of the stars on the producers’ “wish list” to play Prince Andrew.
However, Hugh has now spoken out about the possibility of starring in the film.
In response to an article saying he was “in talks” to play Andrew, the Notting Hill actor tweeted, “No, I’m not. Never heard of it.”
Screenwriter Peter Moffat said the film will explore “how the BBC’s Newsnight team got the information and then the actual filming”.
“The other thing is, ‘why did he agree?'” he added. “How did he come to decide that doing a big, long interview with Emily Maitlis on the BBC was a good idea?”
After his disastrous Newsnight performance, the prince stepped back from his royal duties for “the foreseeable future”.
He was later stripped of his military titles and royal patronage in January 2022, a move backed by Queen Elizabeth and Andrew themselves.
In February, Andrew and his accuser, Virginia Guiffre, reached a settlement in the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him. Andrew has always denied the allegations.
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/hugh-grant-responds-prince-andrew-bbc-newsnight-film-adaptation-rumours_uk_62d10edde4b0be7955b21ed4 Hugh Grant Speaks Out After Being Linked To Film Adaptation Of Prince Andrew’s Newsnight Interview