Hugh Dancy: My romantic comedy days are over

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Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher, is the first major movie she starred in after giving birth to daughter Olive. The plot surrounds a college grad named Rebecca (played by Fisher) who lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City. Here she is able to nurture her shopping addiction, and conveniently she also falls for a wealthy entrepreneur.
August 4th, 2012

Hugh Dancy says his romantic comedy days are over.

The 37-year-old actor has declared his time as a rom-com hero has come to an end and says he made a conscious decision to take control of his career and seek more challenging roles.

Hugh told British ELLE: ''After I did 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' there was definitely a moment when I could have done other romantic comedies and that would have become my 'thing'.

''But I don't think I would have lasted very long because they weren't really ... well, they weren't very good. The only control I have over my career is the power to say no.''

Hugh's latest role in 'Hysteria' sees him play 19th century physician Mortimer Granville, who invented the vibrator in the name of medical science, and he believes the comedy has just the right touch of humour.

He said: ''I wasn't shocked, but I was intrigued about how they were going to do it because it could have just turned into a comedy. 'Carry on Vibrating'. ''

The handsome actor admitted he felt comfortable in the role, which sees him involved in intimate scenes with a number of female stars, and admits the biggest challenge was actually keeping a straight face during takes.

Hugh explained: ''I guess if I'd been prudish I wouldn't have done the film. It's not gross - the characters didn't understand there was anything sexual about what they were doing.

''We had all these great actresses like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sheridan Smith, which could have been awkward, but they were brilliant. The hard thing was keeping a straight face - the outtakes are longer than the film. ''