At the risk of ruining Christmas we have something to tell you about Love Actually.
While for many the multiple romances, festive feels and incomparable Christmas lobsters make the movie the pinnacle of seasonal film-making…
There’s one scene that the Hugh Grant hated about it. Actually.
It turns out 56-year-old Grant, who plays the charming if somewhat unprofessional Prime Minister, couldn't stand filming the scene in which he dances around his Downing Street residence to Jump, which frankly, is one of our favourites.
Director Richard Curtis revealed the truth in an interview with the Daily Beast to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the eternally popular rom-com.
“[Hugh] was hugely grumpy about it," Curtis said.
"The fault line was the dance, because there was no way he could do that in a prime ministerial manner. He kept on putting it off, and he didn’t like the song — it was originally a Jackson 5 song, but we couldn’t get it — so he was hugely unhappy about it.
"We didn’t shoot it until the final day and it went so well that when we edited it, it had gone too well, and he was singing along with the words. When you edit a dance sequence like that, it’s going to be a third of the length, and the bit he’s singing the words to isn’t going to be the bit of that moment, so it was incredibly hard to edit."
You know the one (post continues after video):
Okay, so it sounds like maybe he came around to it in the end? Just like Aurelia's Portuguese family eventually came around to Jamie the Englishman, ie. Colin Firth.
As it turns out there are a few other fun facts we've only just learned about Love Actually too.
Like, for example, that actor Andrew Lincoln who played Mark - the guy doomed to be in love with his best friend's wife (Keira Knightly) - wrote those signs himself.
He also admitted they were a bit creepy.
“He [Mark] is a stalker,” Lincoln told The Wrap.
"That was my question to Richard Curtis, ‘Do you not think we’re sort of borderline stalker territory here?’ And he said, ‘No, no. Not with you playing it, darling. You’ll be alright’."
Also, Emma Thompson had to wear a fat suit for her role to appear more 'mumsy' and all the people greeting their loved ones at the airport in opening and final scenes were real people.
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer also wasn't meant to be in the film, but the casting team couldn't find anyone who looked enough like her for the role, so they just asked.
Happily, she obliged.
We're a bit stunned by all of this, actually.