Released in Spain on November 21, 2003, ‘Love Actually’ changed ‘ipso facto’ and forever the paradigm of Christmas movies, becoming a modern and unrepeatable classic. His scenes, how the stories are interspersed, the empathy we feel with the characters …
The cast is precisely one of the strengths of ‘Love Actually’. its distribution It is made up of some of the best British actors in recent years: Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Freeman, Andrew Lincoln… Awesome.
Every story features a great actor, and each character has a memorable performance. As a result of that wonderful cast, a brutal success in which, for a movie with a 40 million dollar budget, It has raised almost 250 million.
With that fantastic cast, it is to be expected that some of the actors hide some personal curiosity that perhaps you did not know, like one of them descended from a legendary pirate, another was punk in his youth, or another nearly ended up as a boxer instead of in front of a camera.
‘Love Actually’, which now you can see it on Amazon Prime Video, It is a wonderful movie that apart from Christmas, you can see all year round, but these personal stories are almost more so.
Alan Rickman’s voice
If you are one of those who like to watch movies in their original version, you will have been struck by the fantastic voice of Alan Rickman, who had a very characteristic accent, which made some of his characters such as Severus Snape (Harry Potter) or Hans Grube (‘Die Hard’) were always remembered. The funny thing is that the London actor was born with a speech problem and could not move his jaw properly. However, he managed to overcome it while studying at the Latymer High School in Hammersmith, where he was taught to pronounce words correctly and hence his peculiar tone.
Emma Thompson was ‘punk’
We have all had a rebellious phase in our lives but if it is difficult for anyone to imagine ourselves, it is the sweet Emma Thompson. In an interview, she stated that “at 20 I was a punk. I went through London with a lot of zippers ”. On another occasion he added that he had “red hair cut in a punk style” and that he was riding a Honda 250 with a leather jacket. The irony is that her character in ‘Love Actually’ couldn’t be further from a ‘punk’ one.
Hugh Grant desciende de Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh is one of the key characters of the Tudor era, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I; privateer, writer and politician. Well, in the book ‘Sunk Down Among the People: The Story of the Descendants of Sir Walter Raleigh’ it is discovered that one of his descendants is Hugh Grant. Raleigh’s only surviving son, Carew, had three children. Philip Raleigh was born in 1705 and had a daughter named Frances who married a certain William Honywood. And from this branch the family tree goes down to Hugh Grant. Logical for a prime minister.
Martine McCutcheon was almost killed by her father
This is too gruesome but it’s true. In 2001, the actress who plays the prime minister’s secretary published her autobiography, ‘Who Does She Think She Is?’. In it, he told that his father, Keith Hemmings was a violent man who abused his mother, Jenny Ponting. Once he got so aggressive that he tried to kill her and her mother, but failed and was arrested. Later, Hemmings wanted to keep custody of Martine – who by then had taken the surname of her stepfather, John McCutcheon – but was prevented by justice from seeing her until she was 18 years old.
¿ Keira o Kiera Knightley?
Keira Knightley’s name is one of those that we have to check how it is spelled over and over again and it seems that it was not going to be her original name either. Apparently named after the Soviet figure skater Kira Ivanova, bronze medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Her parents wanted to adapt the name to English and they thought of ‘Kiera’, but her mother made a mistake when filling out the birth record. This is how the actress explained it in an interview with Elle: “He was supposed to call me ‘Kiera’, after a Russian ice skater who appeared on television one day. My father liked it and gave me his name. But it was my mother who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled ‘ei’ instead of ‘ie’ because my mother sucks at spelling. ” And so Keira Knightley appeared and not Kiera Knightley.
Liam Neeson was a boxer
Neeson usually plays tough guy roles, but he does have some experience with hitting. When he was nine years old, his pastor, Father Darragh, organized a boxing club for the church children and took it upon himself to train them. As the actor explains, “he guided our club to become one of the best clubs in Ireland.” It is said of him that he was a competent boxer who won several titles, and although he toyed with the idea of dedicating himself professionally, he eventually gave it up to focus on his studies and theater.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster and his drumming skills
Little Sam from the movie – recently seen in ‘Lady’s Gambit – learns to play the drums to impress the girl he likes. Well it happened in real life and Brodie-Sangster learned to play drums from his father. “My father is a drummer and he taught me in my grandfather’s basement to play the old drums with the song ‘All I Want For Christmas’,” he told the Sunday Post.
Andrew Lincoln is the son-in-law of the singer of Jethro Tull
Andrew Lincoln plays Mark, who stars in the best-known scene in ‘Love Actually’, in which he declares his love for Juliet (Keira Knightley’s character) with those posters in which he says: “To me, you’re perfect ” [para mí, eres perfecta]. Well, Lincoln married in 2006 with Gael Anderson, daughter of Ian Anderson, vocalist, flutist and guitarist of the progressive rock band Jethro Tull. The bridesmaid at the wedding was Apple Martin, daughter of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The close friendship between Laura Linney and Liam Neeson
In the film, Laura Linney and Liam Neeson do not share any scenes, but are related through the character of Alan Rickman. Rickman is Linney’s boss, he is married to Emma Thompson and she in turn is friends with Liam Neeson. But even though they are not connected on ‘Love Actually’, their relationship is so close that Neeson walked Linney down the aisle at her wedding in May 2009.
Martin Freeman’s grandfather was killed in Dunkirk
Does Dunkerke sound familiar to you? If you watched Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie, you’ll remember what it was about: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and are evacuated during a fierce battle in WWII. For in Dunkirk, Leonard Freeman, the grandfather of Martin Freeman, who served as a doctor in the British forces, was killed. He died two days before the famous evacuation.
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10 things you didn’t know about the ‘Love Actually’ cast