Hugh Grant used imaginary beard to get into role

March 29th, 2012

Hugh Grant stroked an imaginary beard to get into character for his latest film.

The British actor provides the voice of Pirate Captain in new 3D animation movie 'The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists' and he had to come up with imaginative ways to get the voice right for his alter-ego.

He said: ''Between sessions you forget the character because it can be months and months and then you're hauled back in to do some more voicing.

''I found stroking an imaginary beard very helpful. That or I'd stroke Peter's (Peter Lord, the film's director).''

Hugh, 51, said he was thrilled to be asked to take part in the animation because he's always been impressed with the work of Aardman productions, the same team behind 'Wallace & Gromit' and 'Chicken Run'.

He told This Is Bristol: ''I think they're proper geniuses. I've never seen an Aardman film I didn't admire, and the script above all was just incredibly funny and fresh. The film's incredibly British. It's sort of right in the dead centre of Monty Python: surreal, predominantly silly, dotty humour.''

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