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’
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”