Richard Curtis says the lack of diversity in Love Actually makes him feel “uncomfortable and a little stupid.”

love actually Writer-director Richard Curtis has admitted he doesn’t like the lack of variety in his 2003 Christmas classic.

The award-winning British filmmaker said there are moments in the film that now “really feel dated” but society’s enduring love for it is “really touching”.

love actually follows numerous storylines about people in love. However, aside from the interracial marriage between Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the cast is predominantly white.

The relationships are also strictly heterosexual (although there is a homoerotic subtext between Bill Nighy’s rock star and his manager). A lesbian storyline starring Anne Reid and Frances de La Tour was cut from the final cut of the film.

Curtis’ comments on diversity came during an interview on the new hour-long special. The laughter and the secrets of love actually: 20 years laterwhich aired Tuesday (November 29) on US network ABC.

Cast members Hugh Grant, Dame Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also joined ABC News host Diane Sawyer for exclusive interviews about the film.

When Sawyer asked if there were parts of the film that made him cringe, Curtis replied, “There are things you would change, but thank God society is changing.

“My film inevitably feels dated at certain moments. The lack of diversity makes me uncomfortable and a bit stupid.”

He added that the love he sees people share in real life makes him “wish my movie was better.”

Hugh Grant in Love Actually


“I wish I’d made a documentary just to watch it,” he said.

Elsewhere in the special, Grant – who played a prime minister in the film – called love actually Screenplay “a bit psychotic”.

Additional coverage by Press Association Richard Curtis says the lack of diversity in Love Actually makes him feel “uncomfortable and a little stupid.”


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