Richard Curtis said that Love Actually’s lack in diversity makes him feel uncomfortable and a bit stupid, as he looked back on the film’s twentieth anniversary.
The screenwriter, 66, who directed and penned the 2003 Christmas classic, said there are things he would ‘change’ about the film as he reflected on it 20 years on.
Speaking to host Diane Sawyer for the ABC special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later, he admitted he thinks Love Actually is ‘out of date’ in some moments.
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Diversity: Richard Curtis has admitted that Love Actually’s lack of diversity now makes him feel ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘a bit stupid’ as he spoke for the film’s 20th anniversary
“There are some things you would change but, thank God, society is changing.” He said that my film was bound to make you feel out-of-date at times.
Diane, 76 asked Diane: “What is the one that makes your heart ache?”
Richard acknowledged that the movie’s lack of diversity makes him feel uncomfortable. He also spoke out about his relationships with bosses and employees.
He said, “It’s not perfect, but there are some things about it, you know, the lack diversity makes me feel uncomfortable, and a bit stupid.”
“You know, there are three types of plots with bosses and employees.
Changes: The screenwriter, 66, who directed the 2003 Christmas classic, said there are things he would ‘change’ about the film (pictured Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln in the movie)
The intertwining plotlines see Harry (Alan Rickman) having an affair with his office secretary, played by Heike Makatsch, while prime minister David (Hugh Grant) also has a romance with Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), who is on his household staff.
Meanwhile, writer Jamie (Colin Firth) and his housekeeper Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz) also form a close bond while spending time with each other as Jamie works.
Keira Knightley (Emma Thompson), Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie–Sangster are some of the other stars in this ensemble. Rowan Atkinson, Joanna Page, Joanna Page, and Martin Freeman are all part of this star-studded cast.
Love Actually has been a festive favorite since its 2003 release. It tells the stories of several characters as they build up to Christmas Day.
The movie follows eight London couples who try to resolve their relationship in different ways.
Now, the cast has reunited for an one-hour special. It aired on ABC Nov 29th but no UK transmission date is available. The special marks the movie’s twentieth anniversary.
The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later saw journalist Diane interview the actors as well as writer and director Richard.
This special “looked at the film’s transformation into a Christmas tradition and a worldwide sensation, and provided new insights into behind-the scenes secrets and iconic scenes”.
Elsewhere in the reunion special, Richard also admitted that the multi-layered romantic story was a gamble at the time.
Romances: Richard also discussed the characters’ relationships between their bosses, and employees. PM David (Hugh Grant), and his staff member Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) have a relationship.
Cast: The star-studded ensemble cast also features Emma Thompson (right), Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy (left), Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Martin Freeman, among others
He said, “I think the 20-years show how youthful optimist it was when I wrote it,”
“We see thousands of movies about serial killers, but there have only been nine.” But there will be a million people falling for each other, and it’ll be their most memorable moment. Good deeds in families, and great deeds in communities.
“If you take a look at COVID and see the incredible acts of bravery, heroism and courage that occurred. He added that life can be beautiful in every aspect.
Funny: Richard also addressed Hugh Grant’s famous dance scene in the Christmas classic, admitting the actor was hoping the scene would be cut from the final edit
Richard also spoke out about Hugh Grant’s famous Christmas dance scene, admitting that he hoped the scene would be removed from the final edit.
He was seen dancing in the famous scene as PM around 10 Downing Street to Jump by The Pointer Sisters before realising that someone was watching and quickly stopped.
Richard spoke out about the sequence and said that he thought he was hoping I would fall ill. We’d then say, “Oh, well, it’s a shame we have to lose that dance sequence ”.’.”
Richard continued to state that Hugh was “grumpy” the day they filmed their dance scene but that it was a contractual obligation that he continue.
Hugh, who appeared with Richard in the interview, stated that he saw the script and thought “Well, it’s going to be awful.” I did not enjoy the choreography, much less the rehearsals.
Hugh, despite his reservations, proudly claimed that he was the one who came up with the idea for having the Prime Minister’s secretary catch him doing a little dance.
He said: ‘And to this day, there’s many people — and I agree with them — who think it’s the most excruciating scene ever committed to celluloid.
“But then some people love it!”
Hugh, the actor who played David in the movie admitted that he was uncertain if he would be capable of completing the famous Downing Street dance scene.
Oh no! He was seen dancing in the famous scene as PM around 10 Downing Street to Jump by The Pointer Sisters before realising that someone was watching and stopping him.