Is A Hotdog A Sandwich? Hugh Grant And Meryl Streep Answer All Of Our Burning Questions.

Recently, Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant allowed the public to ask them all their burning questions about what it means to be a celebrity, how they got to be so darn charming, and even the one thing that has riddled people for centuries is a hotdog a sandwich?

And Meryl and Hugh, being the all knowing super beings that they are, answered every. last. question. Here's the best-of from their public interview.

1/15. Meryl - would you be up for playing Batman?


Meryl: Definitely! Boom. Yes.

2/15. If there's any advice you could give to your 18 year-old self, what would it be?


Hugh: Don't wear that jumpsuit. I had a girlfriend who decided in 1978 that I should have a jumpsuit, which were quite trendy. But mine was too small from crotch to shoulder especially after it had been in the washing machine, so I had to go around with a slight stoop and all the dye ran. I remember when I took it off I was bright blue. It was a mistake. We all made mistakes.

Meryl: I'm picturing that, and it's such a beautiful thing. Jumpsuits for men are always so difficult when you get to that one area.

Meryl: Ok so me. I would say, don't smoke.

Hugh: When was your last cigarette?

Meryl: Uh two days ago.

Hugh: Oh I see.

Meryl: No I'm kidding, but yeah, I did smoke in college and as a young actor and it's stupid.

3/15. Is a hotdog a sandwich?

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Hugh: I had a very unhappy experience with Nathan's hotdogs.

Meryl: Last night you had a hotdog.

Hugh: I had one last night, I got so hungry at the premier. Which I paid for myself.

Meryl: Only the best.

Hugh: I was filming Two Weeks Notice in Coney Island, and someone told me Nathan's hotdogs were famous. What they didn't tell me is you should only have one. I had seven.

Meryl: Seven?

Hugh: I was unable to return to the set after, because of the condition of my innards. I had a makeup artist from Brooklyn who did not mince her words. She said, "Oh my god, did it blow your ass out?"

Meryl: It's really a lovely story. I want to return to that, over and over.

Meryl: Is a hotdog a sandwich? Well with a bun, yes. Without a bun, no. It's a canap.

4/15. For Meryl: let's be honest here, you use at least one of your oscars as a door stop right?

Serious question though, after so many wins and nominations, do you still get excited for the oscars whenever you get nominated?


Meryl: Of course I do, of course I do. I am a human being, and also I'm sort of in a category of person that is usually out to pasture at this point in their career. A woman and over 60, so it's a miracle. When I get invited back, and I fully am delighted, because it's those nominations come from other actors, they don't come from everybody else, they just come from the people who know what it is. So that's cool.

Meryl: No, but, no. they are not door stops. But they are not consistently and beautifully stored, I must say. The housekeeping at my house leaves something to be desired to say the least.

5/15. Mr Grant: How did you become so very, very charming?Is it like a thing you can turn on and off, or must you be utterly swoon-inducing in an endearingly self-deprecating way at all times?

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Meryl: He turns it off often.

Hugh: Dead right. It is entirely phony, put on- switched on just for the occasion.

Meryl: Bullshit, it is not.

Hugh: No it is, I'm awful. Three quarters of my life I'm hungover, grumpy, and a miserable bastard.

Meryl: But you're perfectly balanced because then you effervesce seemingly effortlessly. And it's a thing a person can't manufacture. You either have that or you don't. You have charm or you don't.

6/15. Whom would you have play the role of you in a film about your life?

- rickthecabbie

Meryl: Hugh Grant.

Hugh: Colin Firth, obviously. I know it's the role he wants more than anything.

Meryl: He's turned it down over and over again.

7/15. Meryl and Hugh would you accept a role playing Hillary Clinton?

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Meryl: For me...probably we should let Hillary play the role she was destined to play all by herself first.

Hugh: I would love to. From the age of 5 to 18 I played almost exclusively female roles.

Meryl: Is that true?

Hugh: Yea because I went to an all boys school.

Meryl: Because you were so pretty probably.

Hugh: I was pretty and undeveloped.

Meryl: Incurable!

Hugh: In many ways ravishing in dresses. And I miss those days. So yea, I would welcome that part.

Meryl: Go for it.

8/15. How do you both approach roles that are based on true stories? Do you feel any sort of responsibility towards maintaining historical accuracy, or do you feel it's more important to ensure the film is entertaining?

- thoughts-from-alex

Hugh: Good question. Personally, I think the job is to make it entertaining, and that you mine the history for whatever is useful to making a character entertain and move people. And then you just hope that that character isn't alive, or any of their relations, in case they get angry!

Meryl: I've played a lot of characters who really existed, and some who still exist, or existed when I was playing them. Yes, you feel a special responsibility to get as much as you can right about the essence of the person. You can't replicate another human being, nor would you want to. And inevitably, how movies are made and how dramas are made, distorts to make a dramatic point. But sometimes the dramatic point lands on the truth more clearly than documentaries, so, that's cool.

9/15. What is your favourite type of cheese?


Meryl: Well my favorite is really really sharp, extra sharp, aged cheddar cheese.

Hugh: I recently discovered the stuff that comes out of tube in america. What's it called?

Meryl: Velveeta?

Hugh: Delicious.

Meryl: Oh you really--

Hugh: Unmatchable.

Meryl: You're lying.

Hugh: Almost as good as a Nathan's hot dog. Particularly when squeezed directly into the mouth I think.

Meryl: That's far enough.

10/15. What movie have you watched more times than any other?

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Hugh: I think for me, it's Four Weddings and a Funeral. It's just so charming.

Meryl: For me, The Godfather.

Hugh: I agree. Or Goodfellows maybe, for me.

Meryl: No, no contest.

Hugh: Really? Well, I disagree.

Meryl: I mean I love Goodfellows and I love Nick Palleggi, but no, it's The Godfather, 1 and 2.

11/15. Hugh have you ever wished you could be James Bond?

- SinSmithy

Hugh: Not so much in the films, but in real life, very much so.

Meryl: You've achieved it!

Hugh: Yeah well, it's harder these days.

Meryl: Youre a race car drive, and you're elegant.

Hugh: Well, whenever I'm in Monte Carlo, I always go to the casino, and say, "banco" and "swivy" just like Bond. The fact that they don't actually play those games anymore spoils it slightly. There's mainly fruit machines. But guys say "banco" and "swivy" to everyone.

12/15. What is your favorite thing about working with one another?

- chasethewater

Hugh: Well, Meryl raised my game, for sure she raised my game. It's like playing tennis with Roger Federer.

Meryl: Oh my god. Well, I'm just not into the sports analogy. We had a fight about that last night. To me it was a surprise because...even though I'm an actor, I think I know how people work and what the process is that they go through to get what they've done. So from the films that I'd seen of Hugh's where everybody falls in love immediately when he comes on screen, and it's an indefinable thing. You don't know what that is or how it's created, but you just think, like every other audience member you're in the thrall of it, and you think "Oh, its just...that's the way he is. That's just natural. And that's just behavior." But of course it's not. It's acting. And I made the mistake of thinking this will just be an effortless thing. He agonized over everything so much that, you know, there was a lot of everybody soothing him to make him feel it's okay. It's not the biggest piece of crap anybody's ever seen. It's wonderful. You're wonderful. And he is! But it doesn't...he's so demanding and so...analytical. It's analytical I think. It's not neuroses, it's a high level of, to use the sports analogy, aiming at some technical perfection, that you actually own without the agony.

Hugh: I wish you'd told me this before we started shooting. You're very nice.

13/15. When did you realize the desire to be an actor was a legitimate passion to pursue?

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Meryl: Probably the third year of graduate school in acting, I realized that. After I slept through the law boards, the tests that you're going to take, because I was sure I should give up, and do something more meaningful, and measurably helpful in the world. But, I took it as a sign; I slept through the test. I spent a lot of money on the application fee, and had a late performance and a lot of beer the night before, and boom! Missed it. So, you know.

Hugh: Well, it was my triumphant success as Brigitta Von Trapp, the third daughter of the Von Trapp family in a school play when I was about 14. I wore a white dress with a blue satin sash, and I had a very funny line, and I got a big laugh. I realized this was my destiny.

Meryl: Irresistible, isn't it? Big laughs.

Hugh: Yeah!

14/15. Are there any particular historical figures you'd like to play? Or events you're interested in, which you'd like to see adapted into a movie?

- thoughts-from-alex

Hugh: I think we could do Adam and Eve.

Meryl: Haha yeah, we could do a revisionist Adam and Eve. Because I think that story has been sourced sort of incorrectly.

Hugh: It's not a feminist tale.

Meryl: Like who came from who. The rib of Adam? Oh really? Talk about reversing the order of events.

Hugh: We'd look nice in our fig leaves, wouldn't we?

Meryl: Yes haha. Well you would.

Hugh: Let's set it up. Come on Paramount.

15/15. How does it feel to be the inspiration and role models to other, well accomplished, actors/ actresses?

- OldLadyHazley

Meryl: Daunting. It does. But I know what people meant to me when I was coming up. I know that certain actors and actresses really meant a lot. And so I get it. But I feel...yeah...I feel not up to the job sometimes. Every time out is kind of terrifying like it is for you, but I guess I'm an example that in spite of your terror you can continue.

People Break Down The Most Beautiful Places To Visit In The United States
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America the beautiful.

So much to see. So much to experience.

Just because we don't have exotic oceans and ancient history doesn't mean there isn't majesty to take in.

There are many vacations to put together.

And now we don't have to use a paper map to plan.

Our apps and GPS have it all planned out.

Redditor driedkitten wanted to compare notes about the greatest ways to see the USA, so they asked:

"Where is the most beautiful place in the United States?"

So far the cliffs of California is my favorite part of the US.

The Falls

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"Subjective of course, but Crater Lake is certainly a sight to behold."


"My home state of Oregon is full of beautiful places, South Umpqua falls, Illinois River, and Multnomah falls. Are some favorites."


Oh Hoh...

"A tie for Acadia, Hoh rainforest, and Rainier in the fall."


"I was going to say Acadia. It's very underrated for some reason. My mom's friend by coincidence ended up being my English professor in college and we went on a trip to see family in ME. We stopped at Acadia for a day and she said it reminded her a lot of her visit to Greece."


"Hoh rainforest is absolutely devastatingly beautiful. Hiked the whole Hoh river trail when I was 17 and it's still near the top of the list for my favorite things I've ever done."


In Awe

"Glacier national park. I was continuously in awe that the place was real life."


"The vistas of this road, on a motorcycle, were beyond breathtaking to experience. Would 100% do it again. Being on a bike allowed for stops at the waterfalls where there was no room for vehicles to pull over, and the views from the tunnels under the road were supernatural."


The Road Ahead

"There is a stretch of the Navajo reservation where there is no cell service, AM or FM radio reception. The road stretches before you for miles surrounded by red rocks touching blue sky. The buzzing undercurrent of modern connectivity fades away and your brain can be truly still."


"We did a little unscheduled off-roading in that area when we came to a road closed barrier. A Navajo couple pulled up alongside us while we pondered the dirt road heading roughly in the direction we wanted to go and assured us it was passable. Really lonely place... but wonderful."


On a Clear Day

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"Mount Rainier."


"If I stand right at the doorjamb of my front door on a clear day, I have a beautiful view. I owned this house for 15 years before I figured that out. You can't see it from any other position in the doorway, or if you're outside."


Mountains are hot. That is all.

See the Country

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"Depends on what you’re looking for. The United States is a big place."

"For me - Hawaii is hard to beat."


Beautiful scenery...

"Zion National Park is the most well-known place in Utah. But my entire state is an outdoorsman's paradise. LOTs of beautiful scenery in both the northern and southern parts of the state."


"Totally!!! And it’s very different. I personally prefer Southern Utah because the red rocks make me feel like I’m on Mars. But I grew up in the salt lake valley, so the mountains lost a lot of their majesty. But if I’m being honest, I miss them terribly."


Smell the old growth

"I’m incredibly biased, but the most beautiful place is the California redwoods. Drive up 101, and then detour towards Petrolia. There is absolutely nothing like it. Roll down your windows and drive 35mph. Smell the old growth. Stop at the pull out. Take a small hike. It’s worth it."


"Yes, 100%. My brother lives in McKinleyville and I am going to see him the end of April. Can't wait. It's my happy place. They are like the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls... you have to see them to believe them. Those redwoods are something else!"



"Yosemite! You drive thru the tunnel and come out the other side. Looks like heaven/Utopia."


"Did a hike in Yosemite on January 1 last year. A spectacular way to start the year. I had seen photos of it, seen it in movies, watched countless videos on Youtube about it but -nothing- prepares you for the sight of El Cap as you turn that corner. I was very nearly moved to tears."



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"The Shenandoah Valley. Its an amazing place if you're an outdoorsman. Hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping."


All the wonders of the world. I may have to check all of these out.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below.

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