LUVVIE AC­TU­ALLY!

Re­moan­ers. eco bores. Ocean-go­ing pseuds. as a se­quel is made, why the cast of the rom­com love ac­tu­ally is the most achingly right-on ever as­sem­bled ...

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A SHORT se­quel to the 2003 movie Love Ac­tu­ally re­unites cast mem­bers in­clud­ing Hugh Grant and Colin Firth for Red Nose Day this Fri­day. But have there ever been so many bleed­ing-heart luvvies in one movie? See­ing as they’ve given so many opin­ions on sub­jects from the en­vi­ron­ment and poverty to Brexit, the film should have been called Luvvie Ac­tu­ally. CHRISTO­PHER HART runs his Luvvie-O-Me­ter over the cast . . .

EMMA THOMP­SON

SUReLy the uber­luvvie of our age? She played a stayat-home mother in Love Ac­tu­ally, but in real life has an es­ti­mated net worth of £30 mil­lion and lives in a £4 mil­lion house in her beloved leafy Hamp­stead — the third high­estin­come bor­ough in Bri­tain.

yet in a TV in­ter­view, she hi­lar­i­ously called her North London home turf ‘sub­ur­ban . . . very or­di­nary’. She changed her tune two years ago, how­ever, when she cam­paigned against a new Tesco ex­press store open­ing in nearby Bel­size Park, which she de­scribed as ‘a vil­lagey area’.

More se­ri­ously, she said that Bri­tain had failed to take in thou­sands of refugees from Calais be­cause of ‘racism’. ‘We’ve got plenty of room for them,’ she ar­gued.

She also said the UK’s re­sponse to the refugee cri­sis in europe was ‘sham­ing’.

On Brexit she said: ‘I feel euro­pean, even though I live in Great Bri­tain — and Scot­land as well.’ (yes, emma is a sec­ond­home owner.)

emma also held forth on refugees while stand­ing on the red car­pet at the Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val, dressed to the nines and swathed in a white faux fur stole. Price­less!

Oh, and she has de­scribed Ukip’s Nigel Farage as a ‘white na­tion­al­ist’.

So the more than 50 per cent of Bri­tain’s Sikhs who voted Leave . . . they’re just con­fused, are they, align­ing them­selves po­lit­i­cally with a ‘white na­tion­al­ist’?

Finally, there is emma’s de­li­cious ‘hum­ble-brag­ging’ about her daugh­ter Gaia, who is named af­ter a Greek de­ity. Miss Thomp­son got a role in one re­cent film, she ex­plained, be­cause Gaia was sit­ting next to ‘Robert Red­ford — whom I adore — at the Golden Globes’.

So that’s how it works! LUVVIE RAT­ING: 10/10

HUGH GRANT

AMONG the many fash­ion­able causes es­poused by luvviedom (though you may have missed it), one fine ex­am­ple is . . . Be­larus.

In 2014, Hugh Grant — who played a dash­ing prime min­is­ter in Love Ac­tu­ally — added his name to yet an­other of those fa­mously self-im­por­tant ‘open letters’ by luvvies, ap­par­ently de­mand­ing the at­ten­tion of the world.

It called upon ice hockey play­ers not to go to Be­larus to play in the World Ice Hockey Cham­pi­onships, be­cause to do so would be to sup­port ‘ europe’s last dic­ta­tor’, Be­larus’s strong­man pres­i­dent, Alexan­der Lukashenko.

Among other re­pres­sive mea­sures, Lukashenko has been ac­cused of muz­zling a free Press. By odd co­in­ci­dence, Hugh Grant would like to re­strict Press free­dom as well, through the Hacked Off pres­sure group. Now that’s funny!

In­evitably, he is a staunch Re­mainer and said re­cently: ‘ If I had to put money on it I would be sur­prised if we Brexit. Don’t forget, the ref­er­en­dum was only an ad­vi­sory; it was not a com­pelling thing.

‘I think it might be fudged, es­pe­cially now that peo­ple are start­ing to re­alise quite what a self­wound it was.’

Grant has also pub­licly lamented: ‘As much as I adore my­self, I’m quite keen to find some­one else to care about more.’ A dif­fi­cult task, given that he holds him­self in such ex­traor­di­nar­ily high re­gard. LUVVIE RAT­ING: 8/10

BILL NIGHY

NIGHy, who played age­ing rock ’n’ roll leg­end Billy Mack in Love Ac­tu­ally, wears his political colours on his sleeve: ‘I vote Labour, ob­vi­ously. Well, look around you — where else are you go­ing to go?’ He’s taken roles in typ­i­cally luvvie films such as Pride, about les­bians and gay men back­ing the min­ers’ strike in the eight­ies.

He’s ap­peared in short films such as The Banker, writ­ten by his old friend Richard Cur­tis — di­rec­tor of Love Ac­tu­ally — which ar­gued for a ‘Robin Hood tax’ on fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions to help fight poverty in the Third World. The cam­paign — started by Richard Cur­tis him­self —

turns out to be a ca­bal of multi- mil­lion­aire ac­tors, scriptwrit­ers and as­sorted luvvies de­mand­ing the poor be helped by levy­ing higher tax­a­tion on bankers. But if banks are sub­jected to new taxes, as night fol­lows day they will pass on the costs to us, the cus­tomers. In the past, when the wealthy wanted to help the poor, they spent their money lav­ishly, found­ing schools, hos­pi­tals, li­braries and so­cial hous­ing trusts. Our Left- lean­ing, very well- heeled celebs now show they care for the de­prived by . . . de­mand­ing higher tax­a­tion. How gen­er­ous! Nighy also fea­tured in a BBC drama writ­ten by Cur­tis called The Girl In The Cafe, which seemed to be driven by a Leftie agenda. He played a civil ser­vant who falls in love with a woman he then takes along to a G8 sum­mit, only to dis­cover she is an ac­tivist who con­fronts the PM on Third World debt. In­evitably, in Cur­tis-world, he is spell­bound by her ar­gu­ments and tries to help her end world poverty. cre­den­tials by ap­pear­ing in a mem­o­rable broad­cast in sup­port of Ed Miliband’s joke of a Labour Party. He was seen in­ton­ing the words: ‘ Now I don’t know about you, but my val­ues are about com­mu­nity, com­pas­sion, de­cency — that’s how I was brought up.’ Which wasn’t so much ‘virtue-sig­nalling’ as ‘virtue-declar­ing’. He droned on: ‘Labour, they start from the right place. Com­mu­nity, com­pas­sion, fair­ness — all the best things about this coun­try ‘I love this coun­try so much and I love the peo­ple in it, and I think you do, too. But re­ally, for me, there’s only one choice. And I choose Labour.’ Free­man’s then part­ner, the Sher­lock ac­tress Amanda Ab­bing­ton, weighed in by tweet­ing: ‘F*** the Tories.’ None of this stopped Ed Miliband be­ing hu­mil­i­ated at the bal­lot box. ( But Miliband was pos­i­tively cen­trist com­pared with Arthur Scargill’s far-Left So­cial­ist Labour Party, for whom Free­man voted in 2001.) Keen to ad­vance his luvvie cre­den­tials, Free­man says that see­ing Mrs Thatcher in power set­tled his political opin­ions. ‘There were good­ies and bad­dies, and she made things much clearer for me.’ And here is the very essence of Leftie- lib­eral pol­i­tics. It doesn’t mean you sim­ply have dif­fer­ent views from those who are more con­ser­va­tive; it means you are a Good Per­son, and they are Bad. Whether Free­man was a good or bad per­son when it came to his fam­ily fi­nances

Re­united: Cur­tis, Mar­tine McCutcheon and Grant will ap­pear in the Red Nose Day skit

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