The ensemble Christmas film Love Actually had released in 1993, and since then has become a cult classic, loved by generations of fans for the way the lives and relationships of eight couples living in London were depicted by director Richard Curtis.
Diane Sawyer was the host of the 20th century special of the film that saw a large chunk of its cast returning to discuss the film and the cultural impact it has had. The teaser for the 20th-anniversary reunion was released on the show Good Morning America. Check it out right here:
Regarding the reason behind the film’s undying appeal, Emma Thompson, who plays the character Karen in Love Actually said, “We forget, time and time again we forget, that love is all around us. It’s all that matters. My grandmother used to say your heart’s no good as a heart until it’s been broken 10 times. There’s something about the scar tissue that makes it stronger.”
According to director Richard Curtis, love is an emotion that will never get old. “We get thousands of films about serial killers, and there’s only ever been about nine of them,” he said regarding the prominence of love stories, further adding, “And yet, there’ll be a million people falling in love, feeling it’s the most interesting moments of their lives.”
Hugh Grant, who played the Prime Minister of UK in the film, also made an appearance on the reunion alongside Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Earlier, in 2017, Kiera Knightley, Liam Neeson, Grant, and some of the other stars of the film released Red Nose Day Actually, a mini-sequel of the film that tied up some of its loose ends. Back then, Thompson had refused to take part since she felt it was too soon after the death of Alan Rickman, who had played the character Harry in the film.