Actor Hugh Grant says he lost his temper on the set of his most recent film and shouted at a woman he believed to be a studio executive — only to find out later that she was a local woman chaperoning a child.
“I did a ‘Christian Bale,’” Grant said, referencing the “Batman Begins” star’s infamous outburst — and subsequent apology — on the set of “Terminator: Salvation” in 2009.
Grant’s own temper tantrum came about on the set of “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” — and he explained that as soon as he realized who the woman was, he offered an immediate apology for his behavior.
“I lost my temper with a woman in my eyeline on day one. I assumed she was some executive from the studio who should have known better,” Grant explained. “Then it turns out that she’s an extremely nice local woman who was the chaperone of the young girl. Terrible. A lot of grovelling …”
Grant’s temper has gotten him into trouble in the past as well — and it even got him banned from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 2009, when comedian Jon Stewart was still hosting the show.
“He’s giving everyone s*** the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the a**,” Stewart said of Grant, calling him “the worst guest” and adding “and we’ve had dictators on the show.”
“Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09. Unforgivable. J Stewart correct to give me kicking,” Grant referenced the spat a few years later in a tweet.
Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09.
Unforgivable. J Stewart correct to give me kicking.
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) December 14, 2012
The “Love, Actually” star conceded that point as well, admitting on a 2015 episode of “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen that he had, in fact, lost his temper backstage when he visited “The Daily Show.”
“He wasn’t entirely wrong. I did have a tantrum backstage. About once a year, I have a really mega-tantrum, and sadly he witnessed one. So he’s absolutely right,” Grant said.
The issue reportedly arose when Grant was displeased with the clip — from his latest film at the time, “Did You Hear About The Morgans?” — and he complained about it to Stewart.
“What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip,” Grant complained — to which Stewart replied, “Well, then make a better f***ing movie.”