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Hugh Grant admits he didn’t think Renée Zellweger could play Bridget Jones

Hugh Grant says Renée Zellweger sounded like Princess Margaret when she was first cast as Bridget Jones.

“The Undoing” actor who played caddish Daniel Cleaver alongside Texas-born Zellweger in the hugely popular flick admitted that he was initially skeptical of the unusual casting.

“There was a whole scandal about why isn’t this a British actress?” Grant said in a new BBC2 documentary, “Being Bridget Jones.”

“I didn’t know Renée Zellweger, and a Texan playing a British character? It did seem like a stretch,” he confessed.

Grant revealed that the two-time Oscar winner’s first attempt at a British accent was “good” but also sounded like Princess Margaret.

“She was told to kind of, well she thought she better loosen it up a bit,” he continued. “Then she came in and it was Princess Margaret having had a stroke. But a week later it was bang on.”

The movie, which came out in 2001, is based on a book by Helen Fielding and spawned two sequels.

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