Hugh Grant on ‘Pirates!’ Acting: ‘Alone in My Kitchen, Experimenting with Voices’

ALTHugh Grant’s played a lot of slick gents and dapper love interests in his day, so the idea of the British thespian tackling the role of a pirate captain may not be so obvious. Thankfully, for Pirates! A Band of Misfits, Grant was able to partner with the geniuses over at the legendary Aardman Animation (the crew behind gems like the Wallace and Gromit shorts and Chicken Run) to bring life to their latest creation…Pirate Captain. The literal name is only the first of many wry jokes peppered throughout Pirates!, along with a heap of physical comedy and breathtaking stop motion gags. But at the heart of it all is Grant, whose foray into animation couldn’t have been a more perfect choice.

I sat down with Grant to discuss what it takes to bring an animated character to life, how he discovered his Pirate voice and if starring in a movie aimed at young ones was an intentional career move. Luckily, I managed to make it to the end without walking the plank.



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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.