Harpers & Queen, January 1987, ‘Queen’s Counsel: New faces for 1987’: the three unknown new stars of Maurice, profiled on the Maurice set by Mira Stout
The third and last of my H&Q Maurice posts. And probably the least popular – because who on Tumblr loves Clive Durham? (A few kind souls do, actually, but you know what I mean.)
But we do learn one reason why Hugh may have remained slightly aloof from James’ and Rupert’s adorable on-set goofing (see posts 1/3 and 2/3) and didn’t form a close friendship the way James and Rupert did. Hugh, it seems, was otherwise occupied… ;)
1/3 James Wilby (and more info) here
2/3 Rupert Graves here (with his own graphic, but the style is different from those above)
3/3: HUGH GRANT
‘Where Wilby is open-natured, Hugh Grant’s Clive is disarmingly shut. Among the assets he brings to this cerebral, slippery-hearted and rather constipated role are wit and an amazing head of hair (his beauty and ruthless flirting caused consternation among the girls on set, who went to extraordinary lengths to pursue him). Grant, 26, went to Oxford, where he says he was “a prat”, constantly gatecrashing parties; he neglected his studies, but did win his first film role, as Lord Adrian in Privileged, which was followed by a smattering of television. “I cast him for his intelligence, his humour and his accent,” says James Ivory. Grant also belongs to a comedy revue group, the Jockeys of Norfolk, who have worked with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones,* and will be seen on Tyne Tees television later this year.’
*Note: Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones were big names in British TV comedy in the 1980s, thanks to the sketch shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones.
New edits/graphics by me.