Love Actually stars reflect on hit film 20 years on including Martine McCutcheon and Hugh Grant
30th November 2022

Christmas film fans in America were treated to the TV special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later on Tuesday night, which saw the cast of the iconic Richard Curtis film reunite after 20 years.

The film's cast, including Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant, sat down with TV host Diane Sawyer, to chat about the film's lasting legacy.

The cast were joined by writer and director Richard Curtis, who discussed how the film was something of a gamble, adding: "I think the 20 years shows what a youthful optimist I probably was when I wrote it."

He added that he wants to continue making joyful films in the same vein as Love Actually, saying: "We get thousands of films about serial killers and there's only ever been about nine of them.

"And yet there'll be a million people falling in love, feeling it's the most interesting moment of their lives. Good deeds inside families, and good deeds inside communities."

Diane asked the screenwriter what aspects of the film he would change if it was today, to which he replied: "I mean, there are things about the film, you know, the lack of diversity makes me feel uncomfortable and a bit stupid. You know, I think there are sort of three plots that have sort of bosses and people who work for them."

Actress Martine McCutcheon joined the reunion via video call, where she discussed the big kissing scene between her character Natalie, and Hugh Grant's David, the recently elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

She revealed that many of the extras in the scene were "ordinary people who had no idea they'd see Hugh Grant kissing someone."

Martine said: "The shock when they opened the curtains for the first time, and they saw us kissing. Their reactions was just amazing. It just felt magical."

Hugh opened up about filming the hilarious scene that saw him dancing around 10 Downing Street to The Pointer Sisters' song Jump, revealing that he hadn't actually wanted to film it.

"I think he was hoping I'd get ill or something and we'd say, ''Oh, well, what a shame, we'll have to lose that dancing sequence" joked screenwriter Richard, adding that the scene was eventually filmed after remining Hugh that he was contractually obligated to do so.

Hugh added: "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 like it!"

Also appearing on the special was Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who appeared as a child in the film, and has since starred in Game of Thrones and The Queen's Gambit.

Thomas revealed that he only recently watched the film, telling Diane: "I watched it for the first time this past Christmas since the premiere. And I'd forgotten how good it was.

He also discussed working with his on-screen step-dad Liam Neeson on the film, adding: "I mean, Liam was amazing. He treats me like his son. He was absolutely loving to me. Just created this environment where I was very comfortable.

"At the time, I thought, you know, I was pretty much a grownup, and I'd been doing this a few years now. I kind of knew what I was doing. So, I was very serious about it. But no, looking back, I'd forgotten how small and new I was."


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