11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Love Actually’
Since its release in 2003, Love Actually has become somewhat of a Christmas classic and is a holiday favorite romantic comedy all these years later. Written and directed by the famous Richard Curtis, the film is also stocked full of big names including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley and Liam Neeson, to name just a few. It has been circulating for 12 years and is full of stars, this much fans know, but there is so much more to know about the film, including the fact it was never meant to be a Christmas film. Check out 11 things you probably didn’t know about Love Actually.
11. Not Even A Christmas Film
As mentioned, Richard Curtis never intended the movie to be a Christmas film, but after starting it and thinking about how much he himself loves Christmas movies, he decided to make his own. “When I first started the movie it wasn’t set at Christmas then I thought I love Christmas movies so I thought I’ll make a Christmas movie, but it didn’t occur to me that it might be one of those Christmas movies where people actually watch it again and again and it’s a delightful surprise to me.”
10. Daniel and Karen?
As more of a “something you may have missed in the film” moment, there are rumors that Curtis hinted that all along Liam Neeson’s character Daniel was really in love with his very close friend, Karen, played by Emma Thompson. In the movie, he has lost his wife, jokes about not dating anyone else until Claudia Schiffer and turns to Karen for emotional support. When he does meet his dream girl, Carol, played by Claudia Schiffer, he accidentally calls her Karen, causing many to think Richard Curtis purposefully and subtly added the Freudian slip.