‘Love Actually’ director feels ‘a bit stupid’ about movie’s lack of diversity


Every calendar year, as the days expand colder and Christmas draws nearer, “Love Actually” swiftly results in being a festive favored on people’s tv screens.

But just about 20 yrs on from the release of the 2003 intimate comedy, the movie has faced scrutiny around its story strains and deficiency of variety.

“There have been factors you’d change but thank god modern society is shifting. So my movie is sure, in some times, to feel, you know, out of day,” the movie’s author and director Richard Curtis mentioned before this week.

He was talking to Diane Sawyer as component of a documentary on ABC Information titled: “The Laughter & Techniques of Adore In fact: 20 Years Afterwards.”

“Love Actually” features interweaving tale lines, adhering to many romantic interactions. However, most of the major solid is White and all the associations depicted are heterosexual.

Asked about any times that may possibly make him “wince,” Curtis mentioned: “The absence of variety helps make me truly feel unpleasant and a little bit silly.” He additional: “I consider there are 3 plots that have bosses and people who function for them.”

The movie attributes an remarkable number of huge names from the entertainment market, with Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Martin Freeman, Laura Linney, Martine McCutcheon, Rowan Atkinson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster all showing up at some issue.

Hugh Grant plays the British prime minister who falls in love with his assistant, played by Martine McCutcheon.

Just about 20 a long time on, “Love Actually” remains well-liked, getting to be a staple of the holiday season.

“It’s remarkable the way it is entered the language,” Nighy claimed in the ABC News documentary.

“I’ve had persons coming up to me expressing ‘it acquired me by means of my chemotherapy,’ or ‘it bought me by means of my divorce,’ or ‘I enjoy it whenever I’m by yourself.’ And people today do, and folks have ‘Love Actually’ get-togethers.”

When asked if she recognized why “Love Actually” had remained popular, Thompson replied: “I so do.”

“Because I believe that we neglect, time and time all over again we overlook, that enjoy is all that issues.”

Curtis has composed many other well-known passionate comedies, such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

“Four Weddings and a Funeral” was released in 1994 and notably portrayed a very same-intercourse partnership in between Matthew, performed by John Hannah, and Gareth, performed by Simon Callow.

Creating in the Guardian 14 yrs later, Callow stated: “It almost defies perception, but in the months after the launch of the movie, I acquired a selection of letters from apparently intelligent, articulate customers of the general public declaring that they experienced never ever realised, till seeing the movie, that homosexual individuals experienced thoughts like ordinary folks.”