5 things you didn’t know about LOVE AC­TU­ALLY!

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Behind The Scene -

It’s hard to be­lieve it’s been 15 years since much-loved rom­com Love Ac­tu­ally hit our screens – and quickly be­came a Christ­mas tra­di­tion! As we gear up for the fes­tive sea­son once more, here are a few things we bet you didn’t know about the heart­warm­ing film… 1 It may be a sta­ple of the cheery sea­son, but

Love Ac­tu­ally was never in­tended to be a Christ­mas film! And, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Richard Cur­tis, the film's first edit was “a catas­tro­phe”. Richard says he was still un­happy with it when it even­tu­ally hit cin­e­mas. 2 There were orig­i­nally 14 sep­a­rate love sto­ries, but four plot lines were cut from the film – one about “an African cou­ple sup­port­ing each other through a famine” and an­other in­volv­ing “a stern head­mistress who was nurs­ing her les­bian part­ner through can­cer”. 3 Clau­dia Schif­fer was never meant to be in the film. Richard wanted to cast some­one who looked like her, but he couldn't find any­one. He ended up of­fer­ing her the part and she took it. 4 Thomas BrodieSang­ster, who played lovesick Sam, was taught to play the drums for the film by his dad – and he still plays to this day! 5 The word “ac­tu­ally” is said 23 times through­out the film.

Bonus fact: Bill Nighy wasn’t the first choice to play Billy Mack, but he nailed the au­di­tion.

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