Although being lazy, selfish and terminally single aren't exactly desirable qualities, Hugh Grant is the first to admit that he shares those dubious characteristics with Will, his onscreen counterpart in About a Boy (opening Friday).
"There are aspects of Will that are familiar to me," he concedes. "I knew the world of being a slack guy hanging around London, especially [from] my long years of relative unemployment before Four Weddings and a Funeral. I know all about afternoon television and saving the trip to the chemist as the treat of the day."
However, the 41-year-old has come to realize that, by and by, flying solo can get a chap down. "The seductive and fun bachelor existence suddenly begins to pale toward the end of your 30s," he says thoughtfully. "Is it still as great as it was when you were in your 20s, or is there something missing?"
So, after a very public split with longtime companion Elizabeth Hurley, he at last has begun the arduous process of trying to get paired off. In fact, he's even secured the assistance of a matchmaker — Sandra Bullock, his leading lady in the upcoming Two Weeks Notice. "[She] has started to set me up on dates," he reveals. "My career life seems to be going quite well, but I should settle down, have children, blah, blah, blah.
"I did settle down," he adds a little ruefully. "I think of myself as a divorcé, really, rather than a perennial bachelor."