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Hugh Grant Tells Colbert COVID Felt Like Harvey Weinstein Sat on His Chest

  • Hugh Grant made news yesterday when he revealed he'd contracted COVID-19 last February just as the novel coronavirus had begun to emerge in Europe. 

    The Undoing star described his symptoms in detail in a visit with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday, and if you aren't already in quarantine, his experience may make you want to be. 

    "It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat. It was like a poncho of sweat. Embarrassing, really," Grant said. "And then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big, and this feeling as though some enormous man sitting on my chest, a sort of Harvey Weinstein or someone. I thought 'I don't know what this is,' and then I was walking down a street one day and I thought 'I can't smell a damn thing,' and you start to panic, because by then people had just started to talk about this as a symptom. I started sniffing flowers, nothing, and you get more and more desperate. I started sniffing in garbage cans and then, you know, you want to sniff strangers' armpits because you just can't smell anything. And I eventually went home and sprayed my wife's Chanel No. 5 directly into my face. Couldn't smell a thing, but I did go blind."

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    TOPICS: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS, Hugh Grant