Mindhole Blowers: 15 Things You Might Not Know About Richard Curtis' Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral
1. I just realized where I’d seen this guy from the 2011 short-lived, nearly already forgotten, but pretty solid Fox sitcom, Traffic Light.
He played Colin in Love Actually. (You’ll also notice CeCe’s ex-boyfriend from “Trafffic Light,” as well as Pam Beesley’s ex-boyfriend. WHY DIDN’T Y’ALL WATCH THIS SHOW?)
Speaking of Kris Marshall, he so enjoyed filming his scenes with January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, and that other woman that he returned his paycheck for the day.
2. As many interweaving plotlines as Love Actually had, there was actually another one about a lesbian headmistress (the headmistress of the school where Emma Thompson’s kid attended) whose lover would die of cancer. That same lesbian character, played by Anne Reid, was also in another deleted scene, which revealed the Bernard wrote an essay about his Christmas wish, which was to be able to see farts.
It’s a great scene, actually, if you stick around for the payoff.
3. Earlier promotional material for the film played up Rowan Atkinson’s participation in the film, though in the end, most of his scenes were cut. He only appeared twice in the film.
4. Ironically, Simon Pegg was first considered for Atkinson’s role of Rufus. Originally, Rufus was mean to be an angel in the film.
5. This scene, in which Colin inadvertently insults the wedding chef’s food, was actually written and filmed for Four Weddings and a Funeral, but after it was cut, Richard Curtis used it for Love Actually.
6. Another connection between Four Weddings and Love Actually is that the original title for Love Actually was Love is All Around, based on the terrible song in Four Weddings.
The title was dropped, but the song was reworked as Bill Nighy’s Christmas song, “Christmas is All Around.”
7. The inspiration for this scene, where the wedding crowd sings “All You Need Is Love,” was actually inspired by Jim Henson’s funeral, where Henson’s puppeteers sang the same song, the thought of which makes me misty.
If there’s one thing to take away from this post, please let it be this. If you’ve never seen the puppeteers singing Jim Henson’s favorite songs at his memorial, it is outstanding.
8. “Game of Thrones’” fans all must know by now that Sam is Jojen Reed. But I’m still blown away by the fact that he’s also the voice of Ferb in “Phineas and Ferb,” even though Ferb is typically limited to only one line per episode. PARENT TRIVIA.
9. Because she is so naturally thin, Emma Thompson wore a fat suit for most of Love, Actually.
10. These dolls are really just Ken dolls dressed in drag by the props department.
11. Weirdly, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Gambon and Michael Crawford were all considered for the role of Prime Minister, which seems like a role that couldn’t have been better suited to Hugh Grant.
12. Elisha Cuthbert, who was in Love Actually, and plays Alex in “Happy Endings” actually has a Love Actually display in her store in the episode “No Ho Ho.”
13. In Four Weddings and a Funeral, Marisa Tomei was first offered the role of Carrie, which would go to Andie MacDowell. Tomei had to decline because of a ailing grandfather. Melanie Griffith and Brooke Shields were also offered the role first. Speaking of Andie MacDowell, the budget on Four Weddings and a Funeral was a paltry $6 million; MacDowell declined a fee and took a percentage, instead. The surprise hit ultimately netted her $2 million, while Hugh Grant made only $100,000 for his appearance. (Grant, for his part, thought the movie was awful while he was filming it).
MacDowell is the only thing I didn’t like about this movie. Tomie would’ve been perfect.
14. Alan Rickman was actually the first choice to play Charles, the role that would go to Hugh Grant.
15. Although she was not in it, Four Weddings and a Funeral also essentially launched the career of Elizabeth Hurley, who overshadowed her boyfriend, Hugh Grant, at the premiere, and launched to worldwide fame thanks to this Versace dress.
Last year, Lady Gaga wore the exact same dress to meet Versace.