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Hugh Grant denies rom-com rumor

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Hugh Grant is denying rumors circulating in the British press that he was embarrassingly turned down for a role in a young U.K. director’s film debut. According to the reports, the Four Weddings and a Funeral star allegedly placed a call to rookie filmmaker Charis Orchard and offered his acting services in her upcoming romantic comedy, Will’s Diaries. Convinced the caller was a fake, Orchard reportedly snubbed him. But Grant’s rep says the whole story is bogus. “Hugh’s never heard of this project or the director and did not call her,” she told EW. Phew. That settles that.

The good news from all of this: Orchard has successfully publicized her film. Well played! The bad news: Hugh Grant still isn’t starring in her film.