Emma Thompson has finally spoken out about the “Love Actually” sequel and she isn’t fully on board.
The 10-minute sequel to the 2003 romantic-comedy is currently being produced to raise money for Comic Relief. In the first film, Thompson appeared as the wife to Alan Rickman’s character.
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Since the passing of Rickman last year, Thompson believes it would be both too soon and too sad to revisit her character. “Richard Curtis, the writer wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, we can’t write anything for you because of Alan,’ and I said, ‘No, of course, it would be sad, too sad.’
“It’s too soon. It’s absolutely right because it’s supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, only just over a year ago,” she revealed. Thompson says they considered how to tackle it without Rickman, but it just seemed wrong.
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But Thompson has an idea of where the characters would probably be by now: “Both of them would be in therapy by now and I would be working on some kind of ward,” she said.
The short sequel, which is currently filming, will air on BBC One in the U.K. on March 24. Rowan Atkinson, Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster have been seen shooting their scenes. Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Bill Nighy have also returned.