One of the funny things about Love Actually is what happened to the cast. We thought we’d cast about a 50 percent famous cast. But then suddenly Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, and suddenly the little boy is in Game of Thrones and Liam Neeson is the world’s greatest action hero. January Jones, who appears at the bar, is in Mad Men, and Andy Lincoln is in The Walking Dead. It’s like a much higher cast movie now. In some ways it’s much more expensive now than when we made it. Keira Knightley, I remember talking to her when we were making it and she said, ‘I’m making this pirate film next.’ And that was Pirates of the Caribbean.
—  Richard Curtis, writer and director of ‘Love Actually’