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'Rewrite' star Hugh Grant to selfie-seeking fans: How about a chat?

"When I meet young people, they frequently say, 'Can I get a picture; can I get a selfie?' And sometimes I'm not in the mood and I say, 'Well, I don't really want to do a selfie, but I'll have a chat with you," says Grant.

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Karen Butler
Hugh Grant signs autographs for fans as he arrives at the premiere of 'Cloud Atlas' at the Princess of Wales Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 8, 2012. UPI/Christine Chew
Hugh Grant signs autographs for fans as he arrives at the premiere of 'Cloud Atlas' at the Princess of Wales Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 8, 2012. UPI/Christine Chew | License Photo

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- British actor Hugh Grant says he doesn't know what the future holds for romantic-comedy films since young people seem more obsessed with their electronic devices than interacting with people.

"I sometimes wonder if one could, anymore, make a romantic comedy because I think people under 25 or under 30, maybe, don't talk much. I mean how would you do it? ... Every shot would be a close-up of their phone," the 54-year-old star of The Rewrite said at a press conference in New York this week.

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"When I meet young people, they frequently say, 'Can I get a picture; can I get a selfie?' And sometimes I'm not in the mood and I say, 'Well, I don't really want to do a selfie, but I'll have a chat with you.' 'But what about a selfie?' 'No, we could just meet. Where are you from?' 'But what about a selfie?' And there's sort of a desperate look in their eyes."

Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Chris Elliott, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Bella Heathcote, The Rewrite is in theaters and available via video-on-demand platforms now. This marks the fourth collaboration between Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence. They previously worked together on Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? Grant's other film credits include the rom-com classics Love Actually, Bridget Jones's Diary, Nine Months and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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