Actor Hugh Grant says COVID-19 caused 'embarassing poncho of sweat'


Actor Hugh Grant has said he had rather, er, strange symptoms when he was ill with the COVID-19 virus.


The Notting Hill star, while speaking to Stephen Colbert remotely via video link during his appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", said that he became sick in February and then later got an antibody test confirming that he had contracted the virus.


Hugh Grant indicated a bizarre array of symptoms, including that his eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and that he would frequently break into a terrible sweat that felt like a poncho of sweat enveloping him.


He also noted that he felt like an enormous man was sitting on his chest, like Harvey Weinstein or someone.


Embarrassing, really, the actor continued.


Grant noted that he didnt understand what kind of illness he had until he walked down the street one day and noticed that he had lost his sense of smell, a common symptom reported in cases of COVID-19.


He said that he became alarmed upon realising this as at this stage, discussions of COVID-19 symptoms had grown louder as cases of the illness cropped up around the globe.


I started sniffing flowers and [smelled] nothing, and then you start getting more desperate I started sniffing in garbage cans, and you know, you want to sniff strangers armpits because you just cant smell anything.




Grant said he then went home, took a bottle of Chanel No 5 belonging to his Swedish producer wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein, and sprayed the perfume directly into [his] face.


Couldnt smell a thing. I did go blind though, Grant concluded.


We feel like there are easier and less extreme ways to confirm suspicions that you have contracted the COVID-19 virus.


Grant appeared on the show to promote The Undoing, a psychological thrilling miniseries in which he stars alongside actress Nicole Kidman.


The series, which first premiered on 25 October, is based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz.


The synopsis reads: Grace, a therapist who is looking forward to publishing her first novel, comes across some startling revelations and must act fast to protect her and her son.