Hugh Grant says movie sets 'are so weird now,' as actors no longer get drunk and fall 'in love with each other' because of mobile phones: 'It's so sad'

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Hugh Grant's latest movie is based on the famous fantasy tabletop role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons."Juan Naharro Gimenez / Getty Images
  • Hugh Grant said on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that mobile phones had made sets "so weird."

  • The "Dungeons & Dragons" star said actors used to get drunk and fall "in love with each other."

  • Grant added that now everyone "goes home and looks at Twitter."

Hugh Grant said Monday that mobile phones had made movie sets "so weird now" because actors no longer got drunk and fell "in love with each other."

Grant made the comments while promoting his new movie, "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," which is based on the famous tabletop role-playing game, on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."

Stephen Colbert asked Grant whether any of his costars tried to make him play the game the movie is based on after the "Notting Hill" actor admitted he had previously never played it or understood it.

"I think Chris Pine occasionally tried. There was talk of it, but I don't know," Grant said. "Films are so weird now. They are weird because, in the old days, by the end of the second week, you were all getting drunk in the evening and having dinner and falling in love with each other and all of that."

He added: "All of that stopped because of telephones. Everyone goes home and looks at Twitter. It's so sad."

Colbert then asked: "So if there weren't telephones on set, there will be more affairs going on?"

Grant responded: "Yeah, I think so. You know, Tarantino banned telephones from his set, and quite right, too. And the people there, they do all shag each other, so I'm told."

The word shag is a British slang term for sex.

Michelle Rodriguez, Chris Pine, and Justice Smith in "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves."
Michelle Rodriguez, Chris Pine, and Justice Smith in "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves."Paramount Pictures

In "Dungeons & Dragons," in theaters Friday, Grant plays a con artist who targets the main heroes, played by Michelle Rodriguez, Sophia Lillis, Justice Smith, Regé-Jean Page, and Pine.

Earlier this month, Grant received some backlash after a clip went viral of an awkward interview he did with Ashley Graham at this year's Academy Awards.

During a preshow interview on the red carpet at the Oscars, Grant didn't give engaging answers to Graham's questions and looked like he didn't want to be there.

While some viewers labeled Grant "rude and dismissive" and said the whole thing was "pretty weird," others defended the "Love Actually" star, saying that he was attempting British humor but that it was lost on his American interviewer.

Drew Barrymore, who costarred with Grant in the 2007 rom-com "Music and Lyrics," later said on her talk show that this was just the way Grant is.

"If you know Hugh, that is his way of loving you," she said on "The Drew Barrymore Show" the week after the interview. "It's funny, too, because there's this thing going around with, like, him and Ashley Graham on the red carpet and people are like, 'Oh, he's such a curmudgeon and she's so thrown,' and I'm like, 'No, that is Hugh Grant.'"

Barrymore added: "You think you're getting this charming movie star, and what you really get is grumpy Hugh. And then you fall in love with grumpy Hugh."

She also said it "took me a second" to figure out Grant's humor.

"Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" is in theaters Friday.

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