Why Hugh Grant Didn't Want to Do That Epic 'Love, Actually' Dance Scene

Hugh Grant busting a move to the Pointer Sisters’ “Jump (For My Love)” in the film Love, Actually may be one of the best dance scenes of all time, but the actor says he was initially very reluctant to do it.

“I never understood it technically. I kept saying to Richard [Curtis, the director] ‘Okay look, I got the radio on in my bedroom and I’m dancing fine but then I start to dance through the whole 10 Downing Street. Where’s the music coming from and how does it cut off at the end?”

The Paddington 2 star, 57, says it was Curtis who convinced him to just dance and not fret over the technicalities of it.

“He said, ‘Oh, don’t worry about it, it’s just a film world,'” Grant tells PEOPLE’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle in the latest episode ofThe Jess Cagle Interview.

But when it came to rehearsing the scene, Grant says he continually delayed it.

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“They kept saying to me during the week leading up to shooting that scene… Here we’re going to rehearse the dancing now and I’d say, ‘Oh it’s not a good day I’ve got a bad ankle.’ So we never did. I just did it.”

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Luckily, it turned out to be a big hit and Grant says he is now proud he was able to pull it off.

“People do like it,” he says. “I’m proud of the fact I did it without any stimulants.”

Paddington 2 is now in theaters.

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