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Hugh Grant says he ‘hated’ playing Oompa Loompa in new Wonka film

Hugh Grant says he ‘hated’ playing Oompa Loompa in new Wonka film

Hugh Grant described what it was like playing an Oompa Loompa in the upcoming flick

Hugh Grant has given his thoughts on what it was like playing an Oompa Loompa in the new Willy Wonka film, and he didn't hold back.

Titled Wonka, the upcoming film is the 'origin story that explores the vivid, mythical beginnings of the imaginative young inventor before he becomes the renowned scrumdiddlyumptious Mozart of chocolate'.

Timothee Chalamet has taken on the iconic role of Willy Wonka and is joined alongside Grant, Keegan-Michael Key, Rowan Atkinson, Matt Lucas, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman and Jim Carter, to name a few.

While excitement for the film is at an all-time high, some fans can't look past Grant as an Oompa Loompa.

Hugh Grant says he ‘hated’ playing an Oompa Loompa in the new Willy Wonka film.
Warner Bros.

"I'm sorry Hugh Grant Oompa Loompa is gonna' be in my nightmares now," one wrote on X (Twitter), while another added: "...Huh, that looks quite a bit better than I feared. Although Hugh Grant Oompa Loompa is likely gonna give me nightmares."

And a third commented: "Hugh Grant as an Oompla Loompa is nightmare fuel."

It seems Grant wasn't too keen on the part either.

At a recent press conference, the 63-year-old told reporters: "It was like a crown of thorns, very uncomfortable.

“I made a big fuss about it.

“I couldn’t have hated the whole thing more.”

Grant said that during filming he was unsure on how to act with just his face, as opposed to his whole body.

Timothee Chalamet has taken on the role of Willy Wonka.
Warner Bros.

“I never received a satisfactory answer,” Grant said. “And frankly, what I did with my body was terrible, and it’s all been replaced with an animator.”

When asked by the Metro if the finished film made it worthwhile, Grant replied: "Not really."

“It’s very confusing, with CGI now, you can’t tell what’s going on,” he added.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, co-star Key instead the film would be 'wondrous' and 'epic.'

"It’s a nice, big, full, beautiful piece of art, and Paul King, who directed it, is a delightful human being who has this wonderful, childlike heart," he continued, before going on to praise Chalamet.

"He was the perfect person to direct the project. There’s this wonderful effortlessness about how he plays Wonka, not to mention the fact that there’s this hopeful quality that he gives the character, a kind of indomitable quality that he’ll never quit, he’s always up for the next thing.

"He’s like, ‘Okay, that didn’t work out? We’ll do this and we’ll try something else'.

"Sacré bleu! This kid, you know, he drips charisma and a wonderful confidence. He’s just a really delicious artist."

Wonka will land in cinemas on December 8.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Celebrity, TV and Film