Hollywood actor Hugh Grant appears to be having a blast doing press, and fans are obsessed (Photo: Getty)

Hugh Grant has truly embraced his grumpy old man era during the promotional tour for his new film Wonka with Timothée Chalamet – and fans are absolutely loving it.

The Love Actually star, 63, who plays an Oompa Loompa in the film – which is a prequel origin story about Roald Dahl's eccentric chocolatier – has often been paired with her bubbly 27-year-old co-star in interviews.

And this, of course, only highlights the difference in attitude between an older, more experienced, sarcastic Brit and a younger, more enthusiastic American.

A clip making the rounds on Twitter shows Timothée and Hugh introducing the character they play in French, leading to the gem: 'Je joue le Oompa Loompa'.

However, it is not just what Hugh said, but it's more the way he says it – with an extremely serious face and a hint of a grimace and a pained smile at the end – that caught fans' attention.

“I've watched this like 50 times,” admitted Caitie Delaney on X (formerly known as Twitter).

He stars alongside Timothée Chalamet in the new film Wonka (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

'It's rich in detail. You can see the disappointment, the weariness in Hugh's eyes as he finishes his sentence in French. The half-second smirk at the end tells a story of lost youth, dysphoria from commercialism,” she added.

“Lol, that's the tone of the entire press tour,” Dawn Weiners responded, while @eggsyweggsies joked, “Sounds like he's admitting to a crime.”

'Hugh Grant is always profoundly unserious in interviews,' said @augustsrain of the Paddington 2 actor's approach.

“Has any actor ever regretted their decisions more visibly than Hugh Grant at this point,” critic Isaac Feldberg asked online about the same clip, to which @thanhitchybon merely responded, “You must be new to Hugh Grant.”

“Hugh Grant energy is what I bring every day,” wrote @ourdawniz, clearly feeling the relatability of the exchange.

Meanwhile, MTV UK Movies producer Claire Rowden wrote: “This is killing me. I think about it every twenty minutes and start laughing to myself. He's so mad about this. He's so angry that he needs to say it.

“I’m obsessed with them together,” she added of Grant and Chalamet’s dual interviews.

“I like how movies are marketed these days,” Dr. Sean Travers mused on the social media platform.

“Nolan promoted Oppenheimer by threatening to kill us, Hugh Grant promoted Wonka by telling everyone he hated it, and Ridley Scott just yells at everyone.”

WONKA (L-r) TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as Willy Wonka and HUGH GRANT as Oompa Loompa in Warner Bros.' WONKA.

The actor has previously called his experience as Oopma Loompa something he 'couldn't have hated more' (Photo: Warner Bros)

The star of Florence Foster Jenkins, who recently made a £20,000 donation to the charity DEPHER, which provides free plumbing work across the country, has been busy downplaying his experience of becoming an Oompa Loompa in the film, which also stars Olivia Colman, Matt Lucas, Rowan Atkinson and Keegan-Michael Key.

He stated in an interview that he “couldn’t have hated it more.”

'It was like a crown of thorns, very uncomfortable,' he said during a press conference attended by Metro.co.uk in having multiple cameras on your face and other apparatus to help the animators create the final product.

“I made a big deal out of it,” he admitted, adding, “I couldn't have hated the whole thing more.”

When asked about his reaction to this in Tonight's Show Starring Jimmy Fallonhe admitted to the host – as we all knew – that it's his 'trick'.

'It's been my go-to for, God knows, 30 years on these shows. I mean it? I don't think I'm serious.

'If there's a lot of squirt around, it appears as a kind of automatic hairball, something negative, you know? And there's a lot of enthusiasm at these press conferences and things like that. I can’t do that,” she added.

Never change, Hugh.

Wonka is in theaters now.

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