Got to love those Brits. Even as he’s meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron about the News of the World scandal, phone hackee Hugh Grant is as charmingly self-deprecating as always. Asked by the Guardian if he’s wasted his life by just now turning political at the age of 51, the actor joked, “You are right. I have squandered my life.” He added that instead of advocating for press accountability, “I wish I picked a cause that had more natural public sympathy, something to do with animals perhaps, or assisted dying.”

Grant, who memorably played a booty-shaking PM in ‘Love Actually,’ had a high-profile meeting with Cameron last night to discuss the scandal. After the sitdown, Grant said that Cameron made “the right noises but I expected him to make the right noises.”

He revealed to The Times of London that he had warned UK Chancellor George Osborne ahead of time that it would be a “catastrophic mistake” to hire controversial editor Andy Coulson and had even caused such a stir about it at a dinner party, he had to be calmed down.

The star critiqued Rupert Murdoch’s hazy testimony about the hacking scandal in July as “phony.” As he explained, “Speaking as a bad actor, it was easy to spot a bad performance … my sources tell me he was as a sharp as a tack when they saw him a week or two before.”

The “bad actor” recently joined the cast of ‘Cloud Atlas’ with co-stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and the Wachowski Brothers and Tom Tykwer directing.

[via The Guardian, Deadline]

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