Trivia / Love Actually

  • Ability over Appearance: In a sense. Sarah was written to be British like the rest of the cast. They looked at hundreds of potential actresses but Richard Curtis kept saying "I want someone like Laura Linney". Eventually the casting director snapped and said "For fuck's sake, get Laura Linney then" - and she got the part immediately. The character was then rewritten to be an American that moved to Britain.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Alan Rickman standing in an office, talking about a man named Karl, and saying "It's Christmas."
    • Many people mock Natalie for being chubby when she clearly isn't. This appears to be a Take That! to a time when the media was obsessed with Martine McCutcheon's weight.
    • Hugh Grant references Harry Potter. He was originally cast as Gilderoy Lockhart in the second film but had to back out. This film also stars a few Potter cast members: Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Emma Thompson (Sybil Trelawney) and retroactively Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) and Frances de la Tour (Madam Maxime) in a deleted scene. What's more is that Michael Gambon (the second Dumbledore) was one of the choices for the role.
    • When Sarah leaves Harry's office following their conversation about Karl, two clocks can be seen on the wall set for New York and Brazil. Laura Linney (Sarah) is from New York and Rodrigo Santoro (Karl) is from Brazil.
  • Actor Existence Failure: The Red Nose Day sequel was made a year after Alan Rickman's death. This also caused Emma Thompson to decline to participate, not wanting to do it without him.
  • All-Star Cast: Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson and many more less internationally famous but who are very well known in Britain. Probably even more star-studded today with the elevation of Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman and Andrew Lincoln up the star charts. At the time the movie came out, Kris Marshall and Martin Freeman were both surprise breakout actors from BBC sitcoms, one would be practically forgotten about but one would star in some of the biggest film series in history.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Kris Marshall returned his paycheck for the scene in which the three American girls undress Colin. He said he had such a good time having three women undress him for twenty one takes, he'd do it for free.
  • Billing Displacement: Being an big ensemble film, inevitably some actors were going to get displaced but even so the film poster has a few good examples of this; Keira Knightley is pictured and billed but Andrew Lincoln (who shared all her scenes) isn't and Thomas Sangster (who had more screentime than either) doesn't appear either. Kris Marshall and Lúcia Moniz are likewise absent despite starring in their own subplots while One-Scene Wonder Rowan Atkinson gets listed.
  • Blooper: When David (Grant) is meeting Natalie for the first time, during the continuous shot of David going into Downing Street and then meeting the people from a distance he is wearing one tie. When they do the close-ups of David's conversation he has a different colored tie on. Word of God says Hugh Grant did that on purpose just to amuse himself.
  • California Doubling: Milwaukee, WI, shows up in a brief scene, and everything from the airport sign to the bar looks like it was shot in California. The only thing that looks right is the shot of the house at the end of the scene.
  • Casting Gag: At his wife's funeral, Daniel jokes that his wife said to bring Claudia Schiffer as his date. At the end of the film, Daniel makes a love connection with a mother at Sam's school...played by Claudia Schiffer.
  • Creator Cameo: Director Richard Curtis appears in the concert scene playing the trombone.
  • Creator Backlash: Richard Curtis has said in a 2014 interview that the editing process of the film was a "catastrophe" and that it was Christmas Rushed.
  • The Danza: Bill Nighy playing Billy Mack.
  • Deleted Scene: Two additional scenarios were shot but were cut from the final version, with one involving the children's headmistress (played by Anne Reid) and her dying lesbian partner (played by Frances de la Tour).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Juliet visits Mark's flat, a video copy of Rear Window can be seen. Very interesting, considering what he's been doing...
  • Mythology Gag: The awkward scene at the wedding reception between Colin as a waiter and the attractive woman who turns out to be the caterer whose food he is criticising to make smalltalk with her was written for Four Weddings and a Funeral. It ended up being drafted out of the final film, but was used as one of the Charles audition scenes. It appears in its original form in the appendix at the back of the published screenplay. Curtis reveals in the commentary that he forgot to change one speaker identifier in the script, so the line is still attributed to "Charles."
  • Non-Singing Voice: Played with. It is Olivia Olson singing "All I Want For Christmas". But her singing was so good, they edited it in post production because they didn't think viewers would believe it was a child actually singing.
  • Playing Against Type: Alan Rickman especially. He usually plays villains or dour stodgy characters. Here he plays a Bumbling Dad.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • We hope that Keira Knightley's character is meant to be older than she was at the time - barely eighteen when the movie was filmed.
    • Minor example. David is Karen's older brother. Emma Thompson is a year older than Hugh Grant.
  • Real-Life Relative: Thomas Brodie Sangster is a second cousin to Hugh Grant.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • "Who's Bill Nighy? Is he famous in England or something?" Yes, a little, but this was the film that elevated him to national treasure status.
    • Averted by Martine McCutcheon, a former-soap-star-turned-singer, who was given major billing and was about as well-received as the rest of the film. For some reason this didn't launch her onto any other roles.
  • What Could Have Been: Rowan Atkinson's character was originally going to appear in every single story (rather than just being a One-Scene Wonder) with the strong implication that he was an angel. This is hinted in the airport scene where Atkinson's character gives Daniel a knowing glance after he "accidentally" allows Sam to get through airport security, and how he just sort of shows up at the counter in the jewelry store after the previous attendant walks off with a customer. Sort of the Christmassy equivalent to Sam from Trick 'r Treat.
    • Simon Pegg also auditioned for that part.
    • Sam was going to be a skilled gymnast, which would aid in his run through the airport. Ultimately Curtis couldn't figure out how to work it naturally into the story.
    • 14 scenarios were written for the film, with two scrapped before filming and two scrapped after filming ended.
    • It was not originally conceived as a Christmas film and in fact was originally written as two films with expanded versions of what would be two of the characters' storylines in the finished film.
  • Word of God: A dozen years later, Emma Freud, script writer, confirmed that Harry and Mia did have an affair and that Harry and Karen were still together at the end of the film, albeit with a strained relationship.

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