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There you go. Oh, you've learned American very good. So say, I usually ask actors what role their most recognized for usually I can guess your case. I can't. So is there a role is it with nail? And I that great cult movie you did long time ago is it some more recent stuff. Falls into two distinct categories. It's either people old enough to have seen with like Trump movie from nineteen ninety seven or that other great masterpiece by swelled the movie they are. Like what like a quintessential, Richard? E grant part is like somebody says this is the perfect partner, Richard E grant because it's a because the person is usually on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I would say that your characters all seem either happily or unhappily on the edge. I'm hinge. Yes. That's the word. I was looking for. We also read that you enjoy smelling things do I make you you do. Yes. How do you go about making perfume? And if you're an actor is something you've studied well ninety sixty nine when I was twelve years old the first American I ever met Betsy cap. I felt mad enough of that. She was talking gum chewing. Stormy out, the French kiss. That means the use of the tongue. Recently arrived here on these shores. Good. I tried to I tried to make. Dini on rose pedals balled up and Shiva water stink bombs and then finally forty years later, professionally made it as an adult, so it's li- marijuana and Mandarin. A signature notes of the original sense. Wait a minute. You said marijuana. Yeah. So is this perfume ever name is it like passionate by Richard E grant what's it called? No, no, you fool. Jack. Jackets, unisex comes in a in a Union Jack bag inside a box, and you could buy it online here and in New York and in LA. Wow. That's very useful. If somebody catches you. And you've been smoking weed all day, you can say, oh, no, you're catching with my lovely perfume from Richard E grant called Jake Beckley. That's a great sale. Yeah. Give me the best sales pitch. We read that you're so interested in sent obviously you are that you like smell everything you encounter. Like, I don't understand. Why everybody doesn't who is your best smelling coastal? Well, I didn't want to offend anybody. Because everybody has their own distinct ones. But there are some that I never want to smell again on. I'm not going to tell you who's. I ask you about about your new film, which is again, amazing can you ever forgive me? You play a real person who really lived and did some unpleasant things he was among other things a bit of a liar, and a cheat and a criminal and that did that appeal to you, and you got the part you're like, okay, that's going to be a challenge. It did appeal to me because you understand through this story. How he folded his life of crime with lease Riley separately. They played by Melissa McCarthy. You know, once you understand why people do what they do then compassion can flood in. So you understand people, and you can feel sympathy for them, right? The relationship between your two characters extraordinarily central to the movie. And I always wonder if actors do this did you like spend time with Melissa McCarthy. Improvising pretending to be the people. So you can get to know each other. It was just going to set, and you were you were friends or whatever on Friday in January a year ago Manhattan for two hours we had lunch. And then we started shooting on the Monday, and I knew within about four nine seconds of meeting her that we would probably be friends for life. Lightning in a bottle. So it was it was just luck as much as anything I imagined. She smelled wonderful. She did. And she's having triplets in August. Wonderful for both of you. Last question before we get to the game. Let's assume that you win. But even if you don't getting an Oscar nomination or hopefully, an Oscar gives you more options in terms of what you want to do next. So you've been doing all kinds of different roles in all kinds of different projects. Is there a dream thing? If somebody says, Richard E grant Oscar winner, what would you like to do next, and you would say I want to host you'll show. Eater. Richard E grant it is a delight to talk to you is. I think I've shown, but we have invited you here to play a game. We're calling Richard E grant meet Ulysses s grant, okay? You know, we hear the US once had a president named Ulysses s grant you'll probably be the star of hip hop musical any day. Now, we're going to ask you three questions about our president grant answer correctly. You went up is one of my listeners, the voice of their choice on their voicemail Bill who is Richard grad playing for Chris Billy Austin, Texas here, we've got grant's original name at birth was Hiram Ulysses grant, but he eventually dropped the Hiram why he disliked being made fun of for his initials hug. B? He found out Hiram was the name of his father's favorite mule or see Hiram grant owed a lot of money to the local saloon. But nobody had ever heard of Ulysses grant, see, no, it was a he didn't like being called hugged apparently elementary school early nineteenth century was just as vicious as it is today. One of these grants lesser-known claims to fame as a US president is that he had what he had the first known to pet fish in the White House named u s grant. According to a historian of hairstyles grant, had the quote hairiest cabinet in presidential history. I've.