Grant's Grandfather Film Plans Blocked By Dad
HUGH GRANT's quest to produce a movie based on his grandfather's heroic life has hit a major obstacle - his father has banned him from making it.
The ABOUT A BOY star is desperate to turn his elderly relative's escapades during World War II as a high-ranking officer in the Seaforth Highlanders into a box office smash.
However, Grant's dad JAMES has forbidden his son from pursuing the project, insisting movies are notoriously bad for accurately depicting the truth.
The actor says, "It is true that I did want to make that film, because I thought it was a great story, but my father put the kibosh on it.
"He thought it would be a vulgarisation of something that was incredibly important and devastating to him and the whole Scottish community that he comes from.
"Those regiments were the whole Highlands - everyone was in them and when they got wiped out, and ultimately had to surrender, it was a massive and shaming event.
"He just couldn't bear to see it vulgarised by Hollywood, and although I kept saying, 'I'm not Hollywood, I'll do the classy version,' he knew better."20/12/2004 17:36