He insisted on Grant for the role of Charles, who meets and falls for Carrie (Andie MacDowell), the American that he keeps crossing paths with at weddings.
But, if Curtis had his way, there could have been another famous face playing the character.
“We auditioned about 70 people for Hugh’s part. Eventually it was down to Hugh and Alan Rickman,” Curtis revealed.
“I went for Alan but I was outvoted. I just thought Hugh was a bit annoying, too good-looking and a bit posh.
While it might not have been what he hoped for, he did admit that it worked out well in the end.
“I was right about all of those things,” he said. “But he was also very good.”