The seasons are changing, there's a chill in the air and, what's that? Do you have visions of Hugh Grant dancing in your head? That's right, the holiday season is upon us– which means it's time to watch the best Christmas-themed romantic comedy ever to exist, Love Actually.
There is a lot of controversy around this holiday classic. Some people say, "Why does it need to have 14 thousand different storylines when it could just be one?" Others will remark, "Wow, it's super creepy that Keira Knightley's husband's best friend is in love with her. This is not cute". Or maybe you're one to think, "Oh no, I forgot there are extended porn scenes in this movie. I probably shouldn't have suggested this for family movie night."
But despite any criticism, this movie is still amazing. And who cares if it's slightly flawed? It makes us feel good to watch it! Love, heartbreak, and a charming prime minister. Love Actually has it all.
Here are some behind-the-scenes facts you may not have known about the Christmas movie we all love. (Admit it, critics, you still love it.)
Hugh Grant did not want to dance.Who doesn't love the scene where Hugh Grant dances around 10 Downing Street? Well, apparently, Hugh Grant. He put off having to do the scene until the last minute because he wasn't thrilled by the idea of dancing around the set by himself in front of everyone. (Yes, it was a set. They wouldn't let the crew film inside the actual 10 Downing Street.)
According to one of the creators, Rowan Atkinson's character purposely wrapped the gift slowly so Alan Rickman's character would rethink his affair.
Originally Rowan's character over-wrapped the gift on purpose to stop Alan rickman being able to buy the necklace. Because he was an angel.— emma freud 💙 🔴 (@emma freud 💙 🔴)1449987702.0
That's this guy, in case you forgot:Otherwise known as Mr. Bean.
Originally, Atkinson's character was meant to be an angel.They even toyed with the idea of him fading away after wrapping the gift. However, it was decided that in a movie with nine romantic plots, adding a supernatural element was maybe a bit much.
There are nine love stories in Love Actually, but originally there were even more.Several storylines were filmed but got cut before the movie was finalized.
The cut storylines included a lesbian couple.And an African couple supporting each other through famine.
The creators have confirmed that Alan Rickman's character did have an affair.
@carlotta429 DEFINITELY had an affair. i begged richard just to make it a flirtation, but no. the whole way.— emma freud 💙 🔴 (@emma freud 💙 🔴)1450019449.0
January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, and Ivana Milicevic improvised their lines.Kris Marshall's character goes to America in search of love and meets three American girls in a bar. The scenes with those actresses were improvised!
Andrew Lincoln wrote the big cards– sort of.Lincoln thought he had good enough handwriting to write the giant cards he holds up to tell Keira Knightley's character he's in love with her (creepy or not creepy, you decide). Apparently, the prop department didn't totally trust him, though, because he had to trace the letters onto the cards.
The cards were inspired by Bob Dylan.They are similar to cards used in his video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
Richard Curtis ran the cue-card scene by all the women in his office to make sure it wasn't too mushy.But apparently, he didn't ask them if it was creepy.
Love Actually wasn't supposed to be a Christmas movie.Even though many of us watch it every year and it's incredibly Christmas oriented, the movie wasn't originally going to be centered on the holiday. But the creator really loved Christmas movies and had the idea to set it at Christmastime. He says he's still shocked it's become a classic holiday film.
Both Claudia Schiffer and Laura Linney were cast because their parts were written for someone who looked like them but wasn't them.Richard Curtis, the writer, and producer, wrote both parts for "Claudia Schiffer-type" and "Laura Linney-type" actresses. When he couldn't find the perfect actresses, he ended up offering the parts to the actual actresses.
Claudia Schiffer was only in the movie for 60 seconds, but made a ton of money.Schiffer plays a fellow parent that Liam Neeson's character develops a crush on. Her cameo reportedly earned her over $200K.
Thomas Brodie-Sangstar was thirteen at the time of filming.Even though he looks much younger, Brodie-Sangstar was actually a teenager in the film. He later played a 1-3year-old in Game of Thrones, when he was actually 23. As a fellow person who looks ten years younger than my actual age, I feel you, Brodie-Sangstar.
He also happens to be related to Hugh Grant.They are second cousins. Isn't that weird?
Olivia Olson was such a good singer, they had to edit her song to make her sound worse.The girl who played Sam's crush, Olivia Olson, actually sang her famous Mariah Carey solo. But there was one problem: it was too good. The director worried she sounded too much like they'd dubbed an adult over a kid singing so they added in some breaths to make her song sound less polished in post-production.
Apparently the film agrees that Lincoln's obsession with Knightley is creepy because they put in a very specific prop.When Keira Knightley's character comes to Lincoln's film studio, a copy of Hitchcock's Rear Window is displayed. Rear Window is a movie about a man who watches his neighbors from afar.
Originally, the Colin Firth character and the Hugh Grant characters' storylines were going to be their own movies.Both got scrapped and combined into one film.
Olivia Olson and Thomas Brodie-Sangstar both starred as voices in the cartoon Phineas and Ferb.But the two never saw each other on set because they recorded from their separate countries.
Emma Thompson wore a fat suit.There is surprisingly a lot of body shaming in this movie. Emma Thompson talks badly about her body (which turns out isn't her own body), and they spend a lot of time talking about how big Natalie is.
Emma Thompson crying was unscripted.
Joni mitchell. Help. Still hurts. Sat on the floor watching her do that scene - 7 takes. Crying every time. Goddess. #LoveActually— emma freud 💙 🔴 (@emma freud 💙 🔴)1449988186.0