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* ActorAllusion: David answers the phone to his sister by saying that he's "very busy and important", referencing a message Literature/BridgetJones sends to Daniel Cleaver. David and Daniel were both played by Creator/HughGrant.


* BillingDisplacement: 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; Creator/KeiraKnightley is pictured and billed but Creator/AndrewLincoln (who shared all her scenes) isn't and Creator/ThomasBrodieSangster (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 OneSceneWonder Creator/RowanAtkinson gets listed.

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* BillingDisplacement: 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; Creator/KeiraKnightley is pictured and billed but Creator/AndrewLincoln (who shared all her scenes) isn't and Creator/ThomasBrodieSangster Thomas Brodie-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 OneSceneWonder Creator/RowanAtkinson gets listed.



* RealLifeRelative: Thomas Brodie Sangster is a second cousin to Hugh Grant. Richard Curtis was unaware of this until after they'd been cast.

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* RealLifeRelative: Thomas Brodie Sangster Brodie-Sangster is a second cousin to Hugh Grant. Richard Curtis was unaware of this until after they'd been cast.


* AllStarCast: Creator/LiamNeeson, Creator/AlanRickman, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/HughGrant, Creator/EmmaThompson, Creator/RowanAtkinson and many more less internationally famous but who are very well known in Britain. Probably even more star-studded today with the elevation of Creator/KeiraKnightley, Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor, Creator/MartinFreeman and Creator/AndrewLincoln 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.
** And what about Olivia Olsen more recently becoming a major star as [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime a certain Vampire Queen]]?

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* AllStarCast: Creator/LiamNeeson, Creator/AlanRickman, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/HughGrant, Creator/EmmaThompson, Creator/RowanAtkinson and many more less internationally famous but who are very well known in Britain. Probably even more star-studded today with following the elevation respective breakouts of Creator/KeiraKnightley, Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor, Creator/MartinFreeman Creator/MartinFreeman, and Creator/AndrewLincoln up after the star charts. At film's release. Even the time the movie came out, Kris Marshall and Martin Freeman were both surprise breakout then-child actors from BBC sitcoms, one would be practically forgotten about but one would star in some of the biggest film series in history.
** And what about
PuppyLove pairing, Creator/ThomasBrodieSangster and Olivia Olsen more recently becoming a major star as [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime a certain Vampire Queen]]?Olsen, are actors and voice actors of some renown.



* BillingDisplacement: 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; Creator/KeiraKnightley is pictured and billed but Creator/AndrewLincoln (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 OneSceneWonder Creator/RowanAtkinson gets listed.

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* BillingDisplacement: 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; Creator/KeiraKnightley is pictured and billed but Creator/AndrewLincoln (who shared all her scenes) isn't and Thomas Sangster Creator/ThomasBrodieSangster (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 OneSceneWonder Creator/RowanAtkinson gets listed.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is easy to date to the early 2000s because of one of the plots. Billy Mack's entire storyline is based around releasing a track and getting to the top of the Christmas Top 40 music charts (a very big deal in the British music business). The problem is that the next year, ''Series/TheXFactor'' started and between 2005 and 2008[[note]]and again in 2010 and 2013[[/note]], the winners of that show has always gotten the UK Number One. Also, it's from when Creator/AntAndDec were still working on children's television. Billy Mack's rival for Christmas Number One is BoyBand Blue who took a hiatus not long after this film. The American president is also a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed composite of UsefulNotes/BillClinton and UsefuNotes/GeorgeWBush.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is easy to date to the early 2000s because of one of the plots. 2000s. Primarily, Billy Mack's entire storyline is based around releasing a track and getting to the top of the Christmas Top 40 music charts (a very big deal in the British music business). The problem is that the next year, ''Series/TheXFactor'' started and between 2005 and 2008[[note]]and again in 2010 and 2013[[/note]], the winners of that show has always gotten the UK Number One. Also, it's from when Creator/AntAndDec were still working on children's television. Billy Mack's rival for Christmas Number One is BoyBand Blue who took a hiatus not long after this film. The American president is also a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed composite of UsefulNotes/BillClinton and UsefuNotes/GeorgeWBush. Additionally, the reference to the September 11th terrorist attacks in the opening narration seems more and more jarring as time goes on, especially to non-Brits who aren't familiar with the pop cultural references in the Billy Mack storyline.


* ActorAllusion: David answers the phone to his sister by saying that he's "very busy and important", referencing a message Literature/BridgetJones sends to Daniel Cleaver. David and Daniel were both played by Creator/HughGrant.



* RealLifeRelative: Thomas Brodie Sangster is a second cousin to Hugh Grant.

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* RealLifeRelative: Thomas Brodie Sangster is a second cousin to Hugh Grant. Richard Curtis was unaware of this until after they'd been cast.


* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/AlanRickman [[Film/DieHard standing in an office, talking about a man named Karl, and saying "It's Christmas."]]
** Harry manages a graphic design business. Creator/AlanRickman ran one before becoming an actor.
** Many people mock Natalie for being chubby when she clearly isn't. This appears to be a TakeThat to a time when the media was obsessed with Martine [=McCutcheon=]'s weight.
** Creator/HughGrant references ''Franchise/HarryPotter''. 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), Creator/EmmaThompson (Sybil Trelawney) and retroactively Creator/BillNighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) and Frances de la Tour (Madam Maxime) in a deleted scene. What's more is that Creator/MichaelGambon (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.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure 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.

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* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/AlanRickman [[Film/DieHard standing in an office, talking about a man named Karl, and saying "It's Christmas."]]
** Harry manages a graphic design business. Creator/AlanRickman ran one before becoming an actor.
** Many people mock Natalie for being chubby when she clearly isn't. This appears to be a TakeThat to a time when the media was obsessed with Martine [=McCutcheon=]'s weight.
** Creator/HughGrant references ''Franchise/HarryPotter''. 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), Creator/EmmaThompson (Sybil Trelawney) and retroactively Creator/BillNighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) and Frances de la Tour (Madam Maxime) in a deleted scene. What's more is that Creator/MichaelGambon (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.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]: The Red Nose Day sequel was made a year after Alan Rickman's Creator/AlanRickman's death. This also caused Emma Thompson Creator/EmmaThompson to decline to participate, not wanting to do it without him.



* CastingGag: 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.

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* CastingGag: At his wife's funeral, Daniel jokes that his wife said to bring Claudia Schiffer as his date. At CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** In Russian-language markets
the end of film's title is "Realnaya lyubov" (''Real Love').
** In
the film, Daniel makes a Czech Republic, the movie went by the name "Heavenly Love" (a saying expressing "The greatest love connection with a mother at Sam's school...played by Claudia Schiffer. possible").



** Creator/AndrewLincoln has turned hard on Mark, outright calling him a stalker.

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** Creator/HughGrant hated the dancing scene, because he didn't think a Prime Minister would do something like that.
* CreatorsPest:
Creator/AndrewLincoln has turned hard on Mark, outright calling him a stalker.



* DeletedRole: Most of Edward Hardwicke's role was removed from the final print.



* LoopingLines: The scene where Aurelia removes the cup holding down a portion of the book Jamie is working on had to be redubbed due to the noise of the large fan sitting off camera.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is easy to date to the early 2000s because of one of the plots. Billy Mack's entire storyline is based around releasing a track and getting to the top of the Christmas Top 40 music charts (a very big deal in the British music business). The problem is that the next year, ''Series/TheXFactor'' started and between 2005 and 2008[[note]]and again in 2010 and 2013[[/note]], the winners of that show has always gotten the UK Number One. Also, it's from when Creator/AntAndDec were still working on children's television. Billy Mack's rival for Christmas Number One is BoyBand Blue who took a hiatus not long after this film. The American president is also a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed composite of Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is easy to date to the early 2000s because of one of the plots. Billy Mack's entire storyline is based around releasing a track and getting to the top of the Christmas Top 40 music charts (a very big deal in the British music business). The problem is that the next year, ''Series/TheXFactor'' started and between 2005 and 2008[[note]]and again in 2010 and 2013[[/note]], the winners of that show has always gotten the UK Number One. Also, it's from when Creator/AntAndDec were still working on children's television. Billy Mack's rival for Christmas Number One is BoyBand Blue who took a hiatus not long after this film. The American president is also a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed composite of Bill Clinton UsefulNotes/BillClinton and George W Bush.UsefuNotes/GeorgeWBush.


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* WorkingTitle: ''Love Actually is All Around''.


* PlayingGertrude:
** 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.

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* PlayingGertrude:
** 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.
**
PlayingGertrude: Minor example. David is Karen's older brother. Emma Thompson is a year older than Hugh Grant.



* RefittedForSequel: Colin's introduction scene was originally scripted for ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' but cut from that and used here.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is easy to date to the early 2000s because of one of the plots. Billy Mack's entire storyline is based around releasing a track and getting to the top of the Christmas Top 40 music charts (a very big deal in the British music business). The problem is that the next year, ''Series/TheXFactor'' started and between 2005 and 2008[[note]]and again in 2010 and 2013[[/note]], the winners of that show has always gotten the UK Number One. Also, it's from when Creator/AntAndDec were still working on children's television.

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* ThrowItIn: The hat that Juliet wears in the scene with the wedding video? Keira Knightley turned up on set with a giant pimple on her forehead, and they had to cover it.
* UnderageCasting: As [[YoungerThanTheyLook was tradition with]] Creator/KeiraKnightley during this point in time. She was eighteen when the movie came out.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is easy to date to the early 2000s because of one of the plots. Billy Mack's entire storyline is based around releasing a track and getting to the top of the Christmas Top 40 music charts (a very big deal in the British music business). The problem is that the next year, ''Series/TheXFactor'' started and between 2005 and 2008[[note]]and again in 2010 and 2013[[/note]], the winners of that show has always gotten the UK Number One. Also, it's from when Creator/AntAndDec were still working on children's television. Billy Mack's rival for Christmas Number One is BoyBand Blue who took a hiatus not long after this film. The American president is also a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed composite of Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

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** Harry manages a graphic design business. Creator/AlanRickman ran one before becoming an actor.

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* HireTheCritic: The DJ is played by a comedian who criticized Creator/RichardCurtis's earlier outing ''Film/NottingHill'' for MonochromeCasting (the real-life Notting Hill neighborhood has a significant black population).


* AbilityOverAppearance: 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 [[PrecisionFStrike 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.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: 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".Creator/LauraLinney". Eventually the casting director snapped and said "For [[PrecisionFStrike 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.



** Andrew Lincoln has turned hard on Mark, outright calling him a stalker.
* TheDanza: Bill Nighy playing Billy Mack.

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** Andrew Lincoln Creator/AndrewLincoln has turned hard on Mark, outright calling him a stalker.
* TheDanza: Bill Nighy Creator/BillNighy playing Billy Mack.


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* FollowTheLeader: Started a whole genre of romantic comedies with a big cast and overlapping stories (''Film/HesJustNotThatIntoYou'', ''Film/ValentinesDay'', ''Film/WhatToExpectWhenYoureExpecting'', ''Film/NewYearsEve'', ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'').


* CreatorBacklash: Richard Curtis has said in a 2014 [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/oct/06/richard-curtis-love-actually-a-catastrophe-film-hugh-grant interview]] that the editing process of the film was a "catastrophe" and that it was ChristmasRushed.

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* CreatorBacklash: CreatorBacklash:
**
Richard Curtis has said in a 2014 [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/oct/06/richard-curtis-love-actually-a-catastrophe-film-hugh-grant interview]] that the editing process of the film was a "catastrophe" and that it was ChristmasRushed.
** Andrew Lincoln has turned hard on Mark, outright calling him a stalker.


* AllStarCast: Creator/LiamNeeson, Creator/AlanRickman, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/HughGrant, Creator/EmmaThompson, Creator/RowanAtkinson and many more less internationally famous but who are very well known in Britain. Probably even more star-studded today with the elevation of Creator/KeiraKnightley, Creator/MartinFreeman and Creator/AndrewLincoln 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.
** Also Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor. That entire storyline full of then-unknowns has done well.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/LiamNeeson, Creator/AlanRickman, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/HughGrant, Creator/EmmaThompson, Creator/RowanAtkinson and many more less internationally famous but who are very well known in Britain. Probably even more star-studded today with the elevation of Creator/KeiraKnightley, Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor, Creator/MartinFreeman and Creator/AndrewLincoln 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.
** Also Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor. That entire storyline full of then-unknowns has done well.
history.


* CreatorCameo: Director Richard Curtis appears in the concert scene playing the trombone.



* FreezeFrameBonus: When Juliet visits Mark's flat, a video copy of ''Film/RearWindow'' can be seen. Very interesting, considering what he's been doing...
* MythologyGag: 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 ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. 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."


** Alan Rickman [[DieHard standing in an office, talking about a man named Karl, and saying "It's Christmas."]]

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** Alan Rickman [[DieHard Creator/AlanRickman [[Film/DieHard standing in an office, talking about a man named Karl, and saying "It's Christmas."]]



** Hugh Grant references ''Franchise/HarryPotter''. 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.

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** Hugh Grant Creator/HughGrant references ''Franchise/HarryPotter''. 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 Creator/EmmaThompson (Sybil Trelawney) and retroactively Bill Nighy Creator/BillNighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) and Frances de la Tour (Madam Maxime) in a deleted scene. What's more is that Michael Gambon Creator/MichaelGambon (the second Dumbledore) was one of the choices for the role.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Rowan Atkinson's character was originally going to appear in every single story (rather than just being a OneSceneWonder) 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 ''Film/TrickRTreat''.
** Simon Pegg also auditioned for that part.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Rowan Atkinson's UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is easy to date to the early 2000s because of one of the plots. Billy Mack's entire storyline is based around releasing a track and getting to the top of the Christmas Top 40 music charts (a very big deal in the British music business). The problem is that the next year, ''Series/TheXFactor'' started and between 2005 and 2008[[note]]and again in 2010 and 2013[[/note]], the winners of that show has always gotten the UK Number One. Also, it's from when Creator/AntAndDec were still working on children's television.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/RowanAtkinson's
character was originally going to appear in every single story (rather than just being a OneSceneWonder) 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 ''Film/TrickRTreat''.
** Simon Pegg Creator/SimonPegg also auditioned for that part.

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* CreatorBacklash: Richard Curtis has said in a 2014 [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/oct/06/richard-curtis-love-actually-a-catastrophe-film-hugh-grant interview]] that the editing process of the film was a "catastrophe" and that it was ChristmasRushed.


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* DeletedScene: 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).


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** 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.

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