- Hugh Grant did not enjoy the motion-capture experience for his CGI character in Wonka.
- Despite the discomfort, Grant’s humor shines through during interviews about the film.
- Grant admires director and co-writer Paul King and the creative team behind Wonka.
Although Hugh Grant is set to be one of the most recognizable Oompa-Loompas in cinema history with his portrayal of Lofty in the upcoming film Wonka, he did not particularly enjoy the process of creating his CGI character. During an interview with Metro, Grant described the motion-capture experience as “like a crown of thorns” and “very uncomfortable,” adding that he “couldn’t have hated the whole thing more.”
Nonetheless, at the film’s global debut, Grant displayed his trademark sense of humor when speaking with the press. The actor stated, with a touch of irony, that he “slightly hate[s] [making films]” but does so because he has “lots of children and need[s] money.” In Wonka, Hugh Grant plays Lofty, the first Oompa-Loompa to encounter the legendary candy maker. During an interview with Extra TV, Grant continued to showcase his humor, commenting on the small size of his CGI character and playfully remarking, “I didn’t think I’d have sunk this low this fast.”
Although Grant joked about the challenges of singing and dancing as an Oompa-Loompa, he ultimately spoke highly of the creative team behind Wonka. “I loved making Paddington. That’s a bit of a lie… I hate my work. But I love the way it came out. And I do very much admire Paul King, who wrote and directed this film,” Grant said. Paul King, who previously worked with Hugh Grant on Paddington 2 in 2017, is the director and co-writer of Wonka. The film is set to release in theaters on December 15.