Actually love: Richard Curtis names the scene that drove Alan Rickman insane

Richard Curtis revealed what those are love actually Scene drove Alan Rickman “insane”.

In a 2003 film’s 20th anniversary special, Diane Sawyer interviews Curtis as well as cast members including Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney and Bill Nighy.

During the special, Curtis revisited the memorable scene in which Rickman’s character Harry sneaks away from his wife (Thompson) on a shopping spree to buy a necklace for his younger colleague Mia (Heike Makatsch).

However, when he tries to pay for the jewelry, Harry is served by Rowan Atikinson’s eccentric salesman, Rufus.

Rufus promises to wrap Harry’s gift in “the flashiest flashes” before proceeding to elaborately wrap the gift with unnecessary items like flower buds, lavender, holly, and a cinnamon stick. The whole process takes a comically long time, which makes Harry nervous that his wife will be returning.

While the scene is widely considered one of the funniest in love actuallyRickman was apparently disinterested.

“Rowan just took his time,” Curtis told Sawyer in the special. “So he would do 11-minute recordings.”

“[Rowan would say], “Let’s go back and do that. Let’s start again.’ And poor Alan was there the whole time, saying, ‘Grr, ugh.'”

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Rickman died in January 2016 at the age of 69 from a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Elsewhere in the special, Thompson revealed Grant’s amusing first reaction after watching love actually. Actually love: Richard Curtis names the scene that drove Alan Rickman insane


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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