Love Actually: 16 things we learnt from Emma Freud's live-tweeting of film with director Richard Curtis

From Martin Freeman wearing a 'little sock' to Harry actually cheating on Karen

Jack Shepherd
Tuesday 18 December 2018 09:27
Heartbreaking Love Actually scene where Karen confronts Harry over his affair

In 2015, Love Actually director Richard Curtis revealed he hadn’t watched his Christmas classic since the original premiere.

Thanks to his wife and scriptwriter Emma Freud, he finally sat down and watched it again.

In a cinema with around four other people in it, Freud live-tweeted the screening, revealing a load of new information about the romantic comedy. Here’s everything we learnt.

1. Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson’s Harry and Karen are still together, they’re just not very happy

2. Martin Freeman wore a “little sock” while filming the fake sex scenes in the film

3. There are a whole lot of Turtle necks

4. Those shots of London that look like green screen? They were the real deal

5. That amazing scene with Rowan Atkinson presenting the bag that was “so much more than just a bag”. It was actually filmed in Selfridges at midnight

6. This is why Atkinson spent so much time wrapping the necklace

7. Harry definitely went the whole way with Mia, his secretary

8. Actress January Jones wrote many of her own lines because she was so funny

9. The director called Colin Firth’s character Jamie for a very specific reason

10. That wasn’t always Hugh Grant knocking at the door

11. Love Actually was very much a family affair

12. Richard Curtis finds his own film hilarious

13. That girl singing Mariah Carey isn’t actually miming, that’s the real deal right there

14. The kiss between Colin Firth and the Portuguese girl was choreographed

15. The Portuguese restaurant owner was employed for amazing moustache

16. Those people at Heathrow: they were real people

In other recent Love Actually news – of which there has actually been some – a deleted lesbian love scene started doing the rounds online.

People have also been theorising that Daniel (Liam Neeson) was in love with Karen, not just her best friend.

If you haven’t already, you should probably start to think about getting the family round and dusting off that old DVD.

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