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Hugh Grant addresses gay Knives Out cameo: ‘I thought why not?’

Warning: minor spoilers for Glass Onion ahead!

By Alastair James

Hugh Grant and Daniel Craig in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Hugh Grant and Daniel Craig in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Image: Netflix)

Hugh Grant has addressed his cameo in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Grant, known for his roles in rom-coms such as Love, Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, appears ever so briefly in the sequel to Rian Johnson’s 2019 film, Knives Out. Minor spoilers incoming!

Months after it was first reported that Daniel Craig’s detective, Benoit Blanc, is gay and would be seen living with a partner in Glass Onion, it has finally been revealed to be Grant.

In a short scene, Grant is seen opening the door to find Janelle Monáe’s character, Helen Brand.

Addressing this in an interview with Collider Grant admits: “It is true, I’m married to James Bond.” 

Grant goes on to say: “It’s the tiniest little moment. I don’t really know why they wanted to do it. But anyway, I thought Knives Out 1 was brilliant, and so yeah, I thought why not? I turn up for a few hours.”

Following a screening of Glass Onion at the London Film festival last year Johnson revealed Benoir is “obviously” gay.

Alluding to Grant’s scene Johnson said: “There’s nobody in the world I can imagine in bringing me more joy for Benoit Blanc to be with.” At the time Daniel Craig added: “who wouldn’t want to live with that person?”

Touching on his character’s sexuality later Craig told Deadline: “The less of a song and dance we make about that, the better, really, for me, because it just made sense.” He also said: “I don’t want people to get politically hung up on anything.”

Craig later said to The Sunday Times: “You are supposed to reflect life. And that [gay] relationship reflects people in my life. It’s normal.”

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is streaming on Netflix.