This classic love scene actually drove Alan Rickman crazy

Hugh Grant she’s already clarified how “heartbreaking” she found that dance scene Current loveand he’s not the only rom-com star of 2003 who didn’t really like filming one of their segments.

The belated Alan Rickmannwho played the husband of Emma ThompsonKaren’s character in the holiday film found one of her most memorable scenes particularly tiring, to the point of driving her “crazy”.

The revelation is contained in a new Love Actually special that just aired in the US. The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later featured interviews with the cast and crew.

Alan Rickman arrives for the film premiere of Love Actually.

Alan Rickman arrives for the film premiere of Love Actually.

The scene in question sees Alan’s character Harry shopping in a department store with his wife. After parting ways to sort out presents, Harry heads over to the jewelery stall. Except he’s not looking for a gift for his wife, but for another woman at work.

Rowan Atkinson plays the sales clerk preparing Harry’s sneaky present in a hilariously drawn-out way that sees him add a gold ribbon, rosebuds, lavender and a cinnamon stick.

According to the writer and director of the film, Richard Curtisthe lengthy wrapping process was improvised by the Mr. Bean star, much to his co-star’s frustration.

“The Rowan was just taking his time,” Richard explained. “So, he would be doing 11-minute takes.

“[He’d say], ‘let’s go back and do it. Let’s start again.’ And poor Alan was there the whole time, saying, ‘Grr, ugh.’”

While Love Actually has become one of the most beloved and successful Christmas movies of all time, not all of its stars are fans.

Lulu Popplewell, who played Emma Thompson’s daughter Daisy in the film, labeled her a “shit” when asked what she thought in 2020.

“I don’t regret it at all,” she told the Almost Famous podcast. “Look, in a low voice I think it’s a shit movie.

“I think it has aged badly. All the women in it are kind of passive objects. I think there was an article describing them as passive items to be acquired.

“Regarding is not great. You also need to remember this [Richard Curtis] he wrote in the context of the time.

“I mean, I don’t know how you justify the more recent work. But that was in 2003 or when it came out.

“But it’s also not for me because I don’t like cheese. I’m glad people like it.


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