Monday, December 10, 2012

14 Fun Film Facts: Love Actually

I personally can't get enough of Love Actually. I don't know whether it's Alan Rickman's smooth-as-lotion voice, Bill Nighy's expert chair hover-dancing in the opening scene, or Keira Knightley's charming underbite--this movie just has a certain je ne sais quoi. So I thought I'd do a little internet research to find fun film facts about the movie, because merely watching it isn't enough for me.

  1. Apparently the word "actually" is spoken 22 times throughout the movie. I actually find this hard to believe. I can't seem to actually get through a sentence without saying that word. Remind me next time I actually watch it to keep a running tally so I can contest this, if need be.

    Image via Quick Movie Facts
  2. The song "Christmas is All Around," an anthem throughout the movie, is based on the song "Love is All Around," which was also featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral, which was written by Richard Curtis, who makes his directorial debut in Love Actually. "Love is All Around," hit number one in 1994. "Christmas is All Around" did not actually hit number one on Christmas day in 2003; that honor goes to Gary Jules for his cover of "Mad World."
  3. Another connection to Four Men and a Funeral is the conversation between Colin and the caterer at Peter and Juliet's wedding where he inadvertently insults the food in a misguided attempt at putting his mack down. This exchange was meant for Hugh Grant's character in Four Men in a Funeral, but was cut. Richard Curtis, being the writer of that movie, loved the exchange so much he just had to make sure it saw the light of day in Love Actually.
  4. The scene where Colin visits a bar in Milwaukee and ultimately ends up in an orgy of gorgeous American women is disconcerting for many reasons. First of all, the bar is rife with Budweiser and Chicago White Sox paraphernalia, when no self-respecting bar in Milwaukee would ever stoop so low (trust me, I live there). Second of all, the bar he visits is allegedly in Cedarburg, which is about 30 minutes north of Milwaukee, longer if coming from the airport (which is actually called Mitchell International Airport, not Milwaukee International). I find it hard to believe that Colin couldn't have found an "average American bar" in the confines of the city of Milwaukee. Third of all, people in Wisconsin just don't look like this:

    Image via imdb
  5. As you can see above, Betty Draper is in this movie, along with Kim Bauer from 24. Not pictured: the actor who plays Latin lovah Carl also played Xerxes in 300.
  6. There exists a porn film called "Sex @ctually." I tried to do some Googling for research purposes before I decided better of it. Feel free to Google away though.
  7. David (the Prime Minister played by Hugh Grant) makes a poignant and grandiloquent speech wherein he cites Harry Potter as one of the reasons why England totally pwns the United States. Coincidentally, Hugh Grant was supposed to appear as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets following the filming of Love Actually, though he ended up dropping out. Billy Mack (Bill Nighy), the aging rockstar, is played by the future Rufus Scrimgeour from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Professors Trelawney and Snape are also in Love Actually; in fact, they're married to each other, much to the amusement of niche Harry Potter shippers. Making an appearance only in the deleted scenes is none other than Madame Maxine.
  8. Bill Nighy also worked with Keira Knightley again in Pirates of the Carribean, where he played Davy Jones. Keira Knightley, in turn, worked with Liam Neeson in Star Wars: Episode 1. Meanwhile, Colin Firth worked with Emma Thompson (Karen) in Nanny McPhee and Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones Diary, and he appeared in a TV miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, the movie version of which Keira Knightley would eventually appear in. Thomas Sangster, the 13-year-old who looks like he's permanently 2 years old (Sam) was also in several movies with Colin Firth, including Nanny McPhee and The Last Legion. Speaking of Sam, he and Joanna, his crush, both appear in Phineas and Ferb, where he allegedly has a crush on her again (I can't verify this, not having seen the show).
  9. Emma Thompson (Karen), Alan Rickman (Harry), and Hugh Grant (David) all star in Sense and Sensibility together. The fourth lead, Kate Winslet, appears in Love Actually by proxy, when Sam and Daniel watch Titanic together.
  10. Basically there are only a handful of British actors, and they're all in every British movie, especially Harry Potter.

    Image via Wikipedia (inexplicably in French, but you get the idea).
  11. German movie posters for Love Actually replaced Natalie's face with Mia's (the devilish Snape-seducing secretary) because she's German. Similarly, in Brazil, Billy was replaced with Carl/Xerxes because he's way, way better looking. In all of Asia (minus Japan and the Philippines), the John/Judy subplot--the porno stand-ins who fall in puppy love--was completely taken out. In French dubbed versions of the movie, the shaky French dialogue between Jamie and Eleonore had to be dubbed in Italian so it would make more sense. Though...I fail to see how that makes more sense.
  12. Sam (the two-year-old-thirteen-year-old) is second cousins with David (Hugh Grant) IRL! Which just proves that, not only are there only a handful of British actors, but there are only a handful of British people in general.
  13. Joanna (Olivia Olson) sang "All I Want for Christmas is You" so well at the end of the movie that the audio department had to edit the footage to make her sound more real aka bad. She has inexplicably yet to be asked to judge American Idol, The X Factor, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, or The Biggest Loser.
  14. The incredibly heartwarming airport footage of loved ones greeting each other at the beginning and end of the movie were real scenes of real heartwarming greetings filmed at Heathrow Airport. They coax a lonely tear from my eye annually.
Know any fun film facts about Love Actually that I missed? Which is your favorite story line?

1 comment:

  1. I fully believe that if you are a Brit with some acting ability, you will pretty much always have full time work. I'm glad I'm not the only one with that notices (and loves) seeing the same actors in things.


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