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Hugh Grant was long down the list for Four Weddings and a Funeral

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Aug 27, 2013 | 5:36am EDT

Hugh Grant was lucky to land his big break in hit British film Four Weddings And A Funeral - a staggering 71 actors had tried out for the role before him. Grant shot to stardom playing bashful Charles in the 1994 romantic comedy but he could easily have missed out on the part as he was so far down the list. Richard Curtis, who wrote the script for the film, tells the Radio Times, "Hugh Grant was, I think, the 72nd person we auditioned for the lead in Four Weddings, and was the first one to make it funny at all... When we'd shot it, and watched the edit of the film, it didn't work at all. "So for four months, we played a bizarre game of edit-chess until at last we ended up with something that worked better." Grant, who went on to score huge box office hits with Notting Hill and Love Actually, has previously said if he did not succeed in the audition for Four Weddings he would have quit his fledgling acting career.

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