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I would argue that's another myth put about by tabloids. What made me attractive to other the filmmakers was that "Four Weddings and a Funeral" made gazillions at the box office. That's all they care about. After all, a couple of films later, as I say, I was arrested with a prostitute, got a lot of -- you couldn't call it positive press, and I was still very hirable because the films made money. That's all that, in terms of a career, that the studios cared about, and audiences only care about whether the film is entertaining or not. I could show you examples of films that is have wall-to-wall tabloid coverage before they come out and still die at the box office because they're not entertaining. It's a big myth.

I personally have actually argued with my lawyer over the years when making settlements, libel or whatever, with papers, saying, "Please, forget money, forget an apology, just make them give an undertaking never to mention my name again", and I could bring you a list of hundreds of people in the public eye in this country who would happily sign up for that. It's such a myth to say oh, we want it so badly, we're so vain, we're dying to be in the papers. It's the last thing anybody wants, to be in a British tabloid paper, unnecessary, so long as the work you were doing at that moment is okay.

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