It's officially Christmas Day, which means at least one thing: It's time to bust out that gem of a movie called Love Actually (if you haven't already done so.) The 2003 cinematic journey, which some might call an ensemble cast masterpiece, has earned a much-loved place in the hearts of many a woman (and man), and it is generally associated with what are scientifically referred to as "warm fuzzies."
From Hugh Grant's now-iconic dance around his new home as Prime Minister, to Billy Bob Thornton's creepy turn as the President of the United States, the movie has a lot of unforgettable moments. But there are also a ton of behind-the-scenes facts that are just as interesting, fun, and downright wacky.
Keep scrolling to learn 17 fun facts you didn't know about Love Actually! You're welcome.
Actor Billy Bob Thornton has a deathly (and quite bizarre) phobia of antique furniture, so before takes his co-star Hugh Grant would flash pieces of furniture at him to make him squirm.
Director Richard Curtis originally had two different scripts written with leads Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in mind, later deciding to join the two stories into one giant script centered on the subject of love.
The lake Colin Firth (Jamie) and Lucia Moniz (Aurelia) had to jump into to save the manuscript of his novel was actually only 18 inches deep! They had to walk on their knees while pretending they were in much deeper waters, and Firth ended up having to see a doctor for a mosquito bite that swelled up to the size of an avocado.
The word "actually" is uttered 22 times in the movie. (Actually.)
All the heartwarming footage of friends and families hugging at the beginning of the film is real. The film's camera crew camped out at Hearthrow Airport for a week and captured real people hugging, kissing, and reuniting.
If you watch the movie closely, you can see that actor Liam Neeson (Daniel) often has a toothpick hanging out of his mouth. That's because in real life, Neeson had just quit smoking and used the toothpick as a stand-in for cigarettes.
Emma Thompson (Karen), Alan Rickman (Harry), and Hugh Grant (David) all star in Sense and Sensibility together. The fourth Sense and Sensibility lead, Kate Winslet, appears in Love Actually by association, when Liam Neeson (Daniel) and his on-screen son Thomas Sangster (Sam) watch Titanic together.
As a matter of fact, Love Actually initially wasn't supposed to be a holiday movie at all.
German movie posters for the move replaced Martine McCutcheon (Natalie)'s face with Heike Makatsch (Mia)'s because she's German.
Richard Curtis writes a character named Bernard into all his films. Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bean, and Love Actually all feature the dislikable character. In Love Actually, he's the annoying jewelry salesman who "helps" Alan Rickman's character Harry.
The final cut of the movie featured 10 disparate, but interconnected, story lines. The original version had a whopping 14, but was determined to be a bit too confusing to keep up with.
Sad, but true: Hugh Grant allegedly hated filming his now-infamous dancing scene.
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