Actress Emma Thompson tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about a memorable moment filming Sense and Sensibility:
I remember Hugh Grant looking at me and saying, “Are you going to do that?”
I said, “What?”
He said, “Cry like that, all the way through my last speech.”
And I said, “Yeah, what’s the problem?”
And he said, “Well, it’s my last speech! You can’t.”
And I said, “Yeah, but Hugh, it’s funny.” Which is the point: It’s funny. Of course it’s moving, but it’s that, I think, very difficult … but vital balance between something having humor, having wit, but also being moving that I always strain to reach and achieve.
It’s difficult. Alexander Payne is one of the people who achieve that so often in his movies, that you’re laughing and you’re also very moved at the same time. That’s my favorite thing in a movie, actually.