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Richard E Grant's timing was impeccable during my own journey into cinephilia.I was in the process of falling madly deeply in love with movies when he made his debut in the cult classicWith Nail and I(1987) and as I became more invested in not just movie stars but the crucial contributions of character actors to rich movies,he was everyone in so many movies I loved:Henry & June(1990),L.A.Story(1991),Bram Stoker's Dracula(1992),The Age of Innocence(1993).I bought his first book "With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant"in hardcover right when it was published and later bought it again in paperback.I bring up this chronological personal fandom so that'll you'll understand that I was surely as visibly thrilled to sit down with Richard E Grant as he has appeared to be for the entirety of this awards season.We're both giddy about the Oscar nomination for his incredible performance as the slippery but loveable Jack Hock inCan You Ever Forgive Me?

But we began by discussing the book.I'd read it too often to begin anywhere else...

[The interview has been edited for length and clarity.]

One of the funniest film books you'll ever read.A must-have for fans of 1990s cinemaNATHANIEL R: Do you still do film diaries or did you do it only for your book 'With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant"?

RICHARD E GRANT: I've kept diaries since I was 11 years old,since I saw my mother shagging my father's best friend on the front seat of a car,by accident.I tried religion,got no reply,couldn't tell my friends,certainly couldn't tell my parents what I'd seen,so I kept a diary to keep sane,and it has kept me relatively sane all these years.I was on the ill-fatedReady to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)movie for Robert Altman,and a newspaper in England asked me if I would write a diary,so I did,and they published it...

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