Love Actually

Question: Does Kiera Nightly's character ever split up with her husband and go to his best friend? They show her with the husband at the end of the movie, but it seemed to me that she really loved the best friend. I was sure she would choose him over her husband.

Chosen answer: No, Keira Knightley's character is not in love with the best friend; her kiss is one of compassion and affection, not love. Richard Curtis mentions this on the DVD commentary - he says something about Juliet being the sort of girl who would be used to men falling for her and treating them gently and kindly, which is what she does here.

STP

Question: Why are Girls Aloud credited with being on the soundtrack, when that isn't their version of "Jump" which the Prime Minister listens to?

Josman

Chosen answer: Irrelevant when it comes to soundtracks, Girls Aloud released a version of Jump to coincide with the movie's release and the video for the song featured scenes from the movie, hence its inclusion.

GalahadFairlight

Question: Even if Karl and Sarah don't get together at the end, I couldn't see what exactly was stopping them?

Chosen answer: It's because of the complications that Sarah was having with her troubled brother. Apart from that, who's to say they don't eventually get together?

Hamster

Question: I just wondered if the footage of people greeting their loved ones at the Heathrow arrival gate was real or done by actors?

Chosen answer: It was real. Per the commentary, they set up a hidden camera, and when they got footage they liked, they approached the family to sign release papers.

Jack's Revenge

Question: Whatever happens to Karl and Sarah? Are they the only ones who don't get together at the end?

Chosen answer: Karl and Sarah never get together, he just has that scene where he says Merry Christmas, and leaves.

Jack's Revenge

Question: Emma Thompson, who plays Karen, has two apparent brothers. The prime minister (Hugh Grant) and Daniel (Liam Neeson), is it right to assume that Daniel and the prime minister are brothers? Why don't we see them ever talk? All the other character stories we see interconnect.

Chosen answer: Karen is the sister of David (the prime minister), but she is not related to Daniel, they are just friends.

Sierra1

Question: Does anyone know of a website or other source that tells you how to mimic Hugh Grant's dance scene? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Chosen answer: Watching the film would seem to be the best source. The moves don't appear to be terribly difficult and shouldn't be hard to work out.

Tailkinker

Question: What is the song that plays when we see the silhouette of Colin and the American girls undressing him at their house?

Chosen answer: It's called 'Wherever You Will Go' and it's by The Calling.

Kara

Question: Who is the actress we only see as photographs or slides in her funeral that played Liam Neeson's wife and Sam's mother?

Chosen answer: The photos of Joanna (Daniel's wife and Sam's mother) were of documentary filmmaker Rebecca Frayn.

Sierra1

Question: What is the song playing at the funeral? The one that starts right after Liam Neeson says that his wife would like to say her last goodbye through song.

Chosen answer: "Bye Bye Baby", by the Bay City Rollers.

Tailkinker

Question: Is the mother or daughter who sing "All I Want for Christmas" at the Christmas pageant an actual singer? The way the teacher introduced the mother who helped put the number together, he made it sound as though she was a well-known musician, so I wondered if that was true.

Chosen answer: Ruby Turner, playing Mrs Anderson is an accomplished singer. She started with Culture Club in the mid-80s and then went solo. Olivia Olson, playing Joanna, is also a singer. She won on Star Search and as far as I know has only released two songs. As for whether the Mom is supposed to be a real singer in the film, it's not made clear.

ChiChi

Question: I was wondering what the title of the piece of music that plays in Love Actually when the little boy is running through the airport, and when Jaime asks Aurelia to marry him. I also heard in during The Aviator trailer. It's a really beautiful piece, and I've love to know the title.

Chosen answer: I can't remember if it really is the same song, but the song that plays when he asks Aurelia to marry him is the 'Portugese Love Theme' by Craig Armstrong.

Question: Why is Daniel so supportive of his son being "in love"? It's not entirely unheard of for future couples to meet during childhood, but Daniel actually refers to the girl as the love of his son's life; something that would be dubious to most parents when their child is not even a teenager.

Chosen answer: He's simply going along with what his stepson thinks. He knows, as most parents do, that arguing with their children about whether they're "really" in love is pointless.

Question: In the scene where Sam is at the airport and catches up with Joanna, he says "Oh Jesus" and then "Here, I've got to run", before the camera cuts to the scene of him going back to his Dad. Did he talk to her during this time, or give her a note or something?

Lavender

Chosen answer: It doesn't appear so. Joanna was surprised and impressed that he would risk so much just to see her before she left.

Question: What happened to the pages of Colin's book when they fell in the lake? Did him and Aurelia get them back or did they give up?

Chosen answer: I think they got most or all of them back, as evidenced by the scene where they are both shivering and wet in the house. "How can I repay you? I know, I'll name a character after you..."

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: In one scene, the Prime Minister asks his assistant to "redistribute" Natalie. What does this mean?

Chosen answer: He wants her assigned to a different job so he won't see her anymore.

Myridon

Question: What characters are in Glasgow? The soundtrack says Glasgow love theme, and I don't know when it's there.

Chosen answer: None of the movie is set in Scotland. That's just the name of the piece. The composer/performer Craig Armstrong is from there and that's what he titled the piece.

Myridon

Question: Does anyone know if there are any easter eggs on the dvd?

Chosen answer: GameWinners doesn't list any, and I've checked every area on the DVD and found nothing, so unfortunately I think the answer's no.

Question: When Keira Knightley finds out that Andrew Lincoln loves her on the video, he gets really awkward and says something along the lines of 'I've got to go somewhere for lunch.' Then he pauses and says, 'It's a self-preservation thing' and walks out. When he says that does he mean the eating (ie his lunch) or the video (so he at least can look at her sometimes even if he can't have her)?

Chosen answer: He refers to the fact that he is usually not very nice to her and pretends not to like her. That makes it easier for him not to show his love, which is important because otherwise he would spoil the friendship with her husband.

nightline

Question: I'm slightly confused about the naked couple and their role in movie making. Are they the nude scene body double stand-ins for the actual actors, or are they there to prepare lighting and camera angles before the real actors come in and film the scene?

Chosen answer: They are standing in for the actors while the camera angles and lighting are set up, so that the real actors don't have to sit around for a long time while everything gets ready. When the actual filming begins, the doubles swap with the real actor/actress.

KingofallSamurai

Question: What happened between Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman after she asked him about the necklace? I was a bit confused as to what happened to their relationship, for example, did they spilt-up or did they just try to work through it?

Chosen answer: I think it's left up to the viewer to decide. From what we are shown (the final scene at Heathrow) they could have been working through it or they could have broken up, so the viewer must decide what outcome they believe more plausible or pleasing.

Question: When we see Jack and Judy (the nude stand-ins) in the scene where Judy takes her top off for the first time, one of the crew members hold a black object beside Judy first, and then Jack. What is he doing?

Chosen answer: He is doing lighting checks to set the cameras properly.

wolfchild

Question: Who plays the guy who goes to America and comes back with the two girls? I'm sure I've seen him before, but I can't remember in which movies.

nightline

Chosen answer: I'm not sure if he's done any movies but he's called Kris Marshall, and is in a British sitcom called My Family starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker. He plays Nick, the hilariously ditzy eldest son. He's also in The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger.

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Quotes

Natalie: Hello, David. I mean "sir." Shit, I can't believe I've just said that. Oh, and now I've gone and said "shit" - twice. I'm so sorry, sir.
Prime Minister: It's fine, it's fine. You could've said "fuck", and then we'd have been in real trouble.
Natalie: Thank you, sir. I did have an awful premonition that I was going to fuck up on the first day. Oh, piss it!

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Mistakes

Juliet arrives at Mark's flat and brings banoffee pie with her, wanting to see the wedding video. She slips the video into the VCR and places the open pastry box on top of the TV stand. As she takes her jacket off the pastry box is gone, yet in the next shot of the TV the box is right next to the remote, which then changes position in the last shot when the remote disappears. The TV is in the center of the stand in some shots, but to the left of the stand in other shots. The video cassettes, etc., change/alter their position within these shots as well.

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Trivia

The song Billy Mack is covering ('Love Is All Around') was the theme song for one of writer/director Richard Curtis' earlier films, 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'.

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