Fans last saw Hugh grant on screen in “A Very English Scandal”. His take on this was that “The whole nation was loved it.” He who was a teenager at the time the events were unfolding in 1979. He distinctly remembers it being a “fabulous comedy-drama unfolding in front of us. There was this sort of ‘Monty Python’ aspect to it because it was really about the absurdity of the British establishment.” Powerful men “ran the country, and if they got into trouble. They backed each other up and hushed up their scandals.” He found this nothing bu interesting.
Hugh plays Jeremy Thorpe, a British Liberal Party leader. He was accused of a conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover, Norman Scott. Norman was played by Ben Whishaw. The series was directed by Stephan Frears and written by Russell T. Davies. It is an adaptation of a nonfiction book. Everyone involved wanted to preserve the “delicate” tone, which recounts the events accurately but “with an eye for the absurd elements of it.”
Thorpe was a man who “seemed to have it all, but because of the social mores and restrictions of the day. He couldn’t admit that his true sexuality was that he was gay.” When Norman refused to go away after their love affair ended. Thorpe thought to kill him “was the only way to preserve his career and his family.” In playing the character, Grant considered his interior life and saw a lot of “pain,” particularly in “being unable to express his sexuality” and “in being a narcissist, because he certainly was that too, like so many politicians.