Richard Curtis confirms there will not be a tribute to Alan Rickman in Love Actually 2
Richard Curtis has confirmed that his Love Actually sequel will not be featuring a tribute to Alan Rickman, who sadly died last year.
Last week it was revealed the Love Actually filmmaker would be teaming up with the movie’s leading stars Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Andrew Lincoln and Rowan Atkinson for an exciting sequel: Comic Relief Actually.
However, Curtis has admitted that there isn’t enough time for the 10-minute follow up to honour Rickman’s character Harry adequately.
Speaking to PA, the filmmaker explained: “You know, dealing with Alan is very complicated, so not really.
“We’re not doing everyone. We’re doing about two thirds of people.”
He added: “Ems isn’t in it. She just can’t do it.”
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Curtis talked previously about how much he enjoyed working on the script. He said: “Over the years I’ve enjoyed doing Red Nose Day specials of TV things I’ve worked on – Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and Mr Bean.
“It seemed like a fun idea this year to do a special sketch based one of my films, since Red Nose Day is now in both the UK and America.
“I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to. Who has aged best? – I guess that’s the big question… or is it so obviously Liam?”
He also expressed his gratitude to everyone who was willing to get involved with the sequel.
He said: “We’ve been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part – and it’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later. We hope to make something that’ll be fun – very much in the spirit of the original film and of Red Nose Day – and which we hope will help bring lots of viewers and cash to the Red Nose Day shows.”
Comic Relief Actually will air March 24 on BBC One.