Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson admit they thought Love Actually movie was 'out ... trends now

Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson admit they thought Love Actually movie was 'out ... trends now
Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson admit they thought Love Actually movie was 'out ... trends now

Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson admit they thought Love Actually movie was 'out ... trends now

Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant shared their rough first impressions of Love Actually during a 20th anniversary special on Tuesday celebrating the 2003 film.

The 63-year-old British actress during the ABC special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later hosted by Diane Sawyer, 76, was asked if she remembered what she thought when she saw the romantic comedy directed by Richard Curtis, 66, for the first time.

'I do. I just sat there watching, thinking, 'God, this is, uh, it's quite kind of out there, isn't it?' And then Hugh came up behind me as we were walking out of the theater and says, 'Correct me if I'm wrong, but is that the most psychotic thing we've ever been in?',' Thompson said laughing at the memory.

Twenty years: Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant shared their rough first impressions of Love Actually during a 20th anniversary special on Tuesday celebrating the 2003 film

Twenty years: Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant shared their rough first impressions of Love Actually during a 20th anniversary special on Tuesday celebrating the 2003 film

'I just thought...what's he talking about?,' the actress added.

'Did I say that? Well, it is a bit psychotic,' said Grant, 62. 'Like I said, it's Richard on steroids. But the thing is with him, what you have to remember is, when he writes about love, he means it. And that is quite rare.'

Love Actually was written and directed by Curtis and premiered in November 2003 to mixed reviews from critics, but was well received by audiences and has since become a modern-day Christmas staple.

Sawyer at the start of the one-hour special noted that Love Actually has been viewed more than 4.6 billion minutes by audiences all over the world.

Psychotic movie: 'Did I say that? Well, it is a bit psychotic,' said Grant, 62. 'Like I said, it's Richard on steroids. But the thing is with him, what you have to remember is, when he writes about love, he means it. And that is quite rare'

Psychotic movie: 'Did I say that? Well, it is a bit psychotic,' said Grant, 62. 'Like I said, it's Richard on steroids. But the thing is with him, what you have to remember is, when he writes about love, he means it. And that is quite rare'

The host: The ABC special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later hosted by Diane Sawyer, 76

The host: The ABC special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later hosted by Diane Sawyer, 76

Beloved comedy: Love Actually was written and directed by Richard Curtis and premiered in November 2003 to mixed reviews from critics, but was well received by audiences and has since become a modern-day Christmas staple

Beloved comedy: Love Actually was written and directed by Richard Curtis and premiered in November 2003 to mixed reviews from critics, but was well received by audiences and has since become a modern-day Christmas staple

Christmas comedy: Thompson is shown in a still from the Christmas comedy with William Wadham

Christmas comedy: Thompson is shown in a still from the Christmas comedy with William Wadham

Popular film: Sawyer at the start of the one-hour special noted that Love Actually starring Grant, shown in a still, has been viewed more than 4.6 billion minutes by audiences all over the world

Popular film: Sawyer at the start of the one-hour special noted that Love Actually starring Grant, shown in a still, has been viewed more than 4.6 billion minutes by audiences all over the world

The special also included interviews with Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson and Martine McCutcheon.

Love Actually also featured English actress Keira Knightley, 37, who was shown participating in a table read of the movie before filming.

'I remember sitting down with Keira while we were shooting, and saying, 'What are you doing next?' And she said, 'Oh, I don't think it's going to work. It's a pirate film and they always fail,'',' Curtis recalled as a clip was shown of Knightley starring in the 2003 blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean.

Wedding scene: Love Actually also featured English actress Keira Knightley, seen in a still, who was shown participating in a table read of the movie before filming

Wedding scene: Love Actually also featured English actress Keira Knightley, seen in a still, who was shown participating in a table read of the movie before filming

Curtis acknowledged that the multi-layered story featuring British actors was a gamble at the time.

'I think the 20 years shows what a youthful optimist I probably was when I wrote it,' Curtis said.

Sawyer told the audience that Curtis wants to continue writing upbeat movies.

Youthful optimist: 'I think the 20 years shows what a youthful optimist I probably was when I wrote it,' Curtis said

Youthful optimist: 'I think the 20 years shows what a youthful optimist I probably was when I wrote it,' Curtis said

'We get thousands of films about serial killers and there's only ever been about nine of them. And yet there'll be a million people falling in love, feeling it's the most interesting moment of their lives. Good deeds inside families, and good deeds inside communities,' Curtis said.

'If you look at what happened during COVID and the extraordinary sort of bravery and heroism. I do think the way to think about life is that every day has the potential, in all its simplicity, just to be gorgeous,' he added.

Sawyer also asked about the cultural differences since the film was made particularly in regard to inclusion and relationships in the workplace.

Staying positive: 'We get thousands of films about serial killers and there's only ever been about nine of them. And yet there'll be a million people falling in love, feeling it's the most interesting moment of their lives. Good deeds inside families, and good deeds inside communities,' Curtis said

Staying positive: 'We get thousands of films about serial killers and there's only ever been about nine of them. And yet there'll be a million people falling in love, feeling it's the most interesting moment of their lives. Good deeds inside families, and good deeds inside communities,' Curtis said

'There are things you'd change, but thank god, society is, you know, changing. So, my film is bound, in some moments, to feel, you know, out of date,' Curtis said.

'What's the one that makes you wince?,' Sawyer asked.

'I mean, there are things about the film, you know, the lack of diversity makes

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