I love Hugh Grant and his seductive, posh voice with floppy hair hanging over one eyebrow. While it’s true that in movies (primarily romcoms), Hugh most often plays a variant of the same man, he is quite often celebrated for his “evolved expertise in playing characters that audiences enjoy seeing taken down a peg or two as a punishment for philandering and womanizing and simply being too handsome for words-and with an English accent besides.” So yes, he usually does just one thing, but he’s very good at doing it. At a certain point, however, Hugh Grant will grow tired of embodying the sort of character that Hugh Grant is known for playing. Who will take over the reigns? Here are eleven possibilities.
Hugh Dancy: Now I know what you’re saying — this guy is far too talented to be a romantic-comedy mainstay. But he could have been a contender.
Oliver Jackson Cohen: He was “so pretty that it hurts” while matching wits with Dwayne Johnson in Faster but proved that he’s got comedic chops with a very amusing take on Prince William’s bald spot on the Funny or Die series, “Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After.” My (nonexistent) money’s on this guy.
Freddie Fox: This guy ended before he even began by hitching his star to the most recent and ill-fated The Three Musketeers movie. Sorry, kiddo.
Andrew Garfield: He’s got some hair, for sure, but Andrew’s going to find himself well occupied with the new Amazing Spider-Man franchise for quite some time.
Alex Pettyfer: This guy’s got the looks and the presence to go places, but he’s such a rumored douche and cannot even get along with Channing Tatum, so don’t expect the industry to love him forever.
Jack O’Connell: Some may know him best from “Skins,” but he’ll get a chance at real stardom in the upcoming 300 prequel. Either that, or he’s outta here.
Jamie Bell: He’s quite properly English and has a bit of Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre) under his belt, so this former child star may very well have a go at Grant’s career one day. That is, if he wants it.
Nicholas Hoult: This could have been where the tables turned for Grant’s prospective hair-heir, for a very young Hoult starred alongside Grant himself in About A Boy. Lately though, Hoult’s moved into blockbuster-action territory, so he may have lost the chance at romcom greatness.
Jamie Campbell Bower: He may very well look like “Paul Scheer with a wig” in “Camelot,” but this guy has some serious heartthrob qualities.
Robert Pattinson: During interviews, he’s got the self-effacing charm down pat, but all the goodness seems to disappear once he’s actually playing a role. Too bad about The Twilight Saga, which has probably typecast the perfectly adorable RPattz for all of eternity.
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