9 Things You NEVER Knew About Love Actually
Christmas is in the air which means it’s time to whip out the tinsel, chuck some gingerbread in the oven and pop Love Actually in the DVD player.
It’s the penultimate Christmas film (Miracle On 34th Street just can’t be beaten) and it’s enough to warm even the scroogiest of hearts during the festive season.
THAT KID THOUGH. To prepare yourself for the annual viewing, here are nine things you didn’t know about Love Actually…
1. The cast was meant to be completely British
Love Actually Director, Richard Curtis didn’t want any actors to appear in the film that weren’t British. However, when he struggled to cast Laura Linney’s character Sarah, he told his wife Emma Freud that he was looking for a ‘Laura Linney type’ to which she replied, “Why don’t you ask Laura Linney?” And the rest is history!
2. Billy Bob Thornton has a weird phobia that affected filming
SO, turns out Billy Bob Thornton has a strange phobia of ex-US-president Benjamin Disraeli’s facial hair. We did not make this up. Curtis told Elle in 2003, “It was really unfortunate for Billy that this would be the only time in his life that there is a photograph of Benjamin Disraeli on the stairs in a major film he’s going to do.” During the scene in which Billy plays the US president, visiting the British Prime Minister’s house, he had to walk past the portrait. He told Curtis, “I’ll just turn away at that moment and I’ll be fine.” We’ll put that anecdote in the ‘bizarre’ pile.
3. Hugh Grant didn’t like THE dance scene
We know, it’s the BEST scene in the film, but turns out the star was not a fan. Apparently, he even refused to rehearse the hilarious (and adorable) scene and Curtis has said he was “hugely grumpy about it.” Either way, we’re glad this gem came into our lives…
4. Emma Thompson wore a fat suit during filming and improvised the heartbreaking crying scene
Can Emma Thompson do any wrong? The answer is no. This glorious woman told the Telegraph back in 2005, “I knew just how to play that part [of a wife who has stumbled across evidence of what might be her husband’s infidelity], I’ve had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom and then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer.” We’re not crying, you are!
5. The director’s kids were in the movie
Curtis’ wife Emma Freud live tweeted a viewing of the film and shared with us that her daughter Scarlett was in THIS scene…
6. Emma was also the ‘kissing consultant’ and was responsible for the glorious kiss between Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz
I 'designed' the kiss between colin firth and the Portuguese girl. My signature move? His thumb on her lip before they snog. #boom— emma freud (@emmafreud) December 13, 2015
7. The infamous ‘giant cards’ love declaration scene was based on a Bob Dylan video. AND actor Andrew Lincoln wrote on the cards himself because he thought he had good handwriting.
Richard Curtis wrote five versions of this scene and tested them on female cast members to make sure it wasn’t too ‘cheesy’. Still super cheesy tbh, but would we have it any other way?
8. Claudia Schiffer’s role was supposed to be played by someone who just looked like her
Since Liam Neeson’s character has a crush on Claudia Schiffer, his love interest was supposed to be played by an actress who looked like her. When no such actress was found, Curtis just cast the real Claudia Schiffer. Problem solved!
9. The Colin Firth Lake scene was filmed in less than 50cm of water
Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz had to pretend to swim in water that was just 45cm in depth! It was also totally infested with mozzies – Firth ended up needed medical attention for the bites!