Emma Thompson's Reason for Not Doing the Love Actually Sequel Is So Sad
We cannot lie: the Love Actually mini sequel has literally made our entire month! The characters lives were left so open-ended that it literally begged for a catch-up some years later. And with all the follow-up films of the biggest movie franchises, we honestly couldn't believe it took them this long.
But unfortunately for us, all the characters will not be featured in its next installment. Emma Thompson confirmed she will not be returning to the sequel, after the death of her close friend actor Alan Rickman who played her husband in the star-studded film.
While speaking to the Press Association, Thompson revealed what Love Actually writer and director Richard Curtis wrote to her during the 10-minute reunion film's planning. "Darling, we can't write anything for you because of Alan," he stated. She felt the same way and responded, "No, of course, it would be sad, too sad."
"It's too soon. It's absolutely right because it's supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn't much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago. We thought and thought [about it] but it just seemed wrong. It was absolutely the right decision."
Though we're sad that we won't be seeing Thompson and Rickman onscreen together again, we think it's the right decision to honor him. And it would indeed be too sad. We barely made it through this heart-tugging scene from the film when it was released almost 15 years ago.
The Love Actually sequel will air in the U.S. on May 25 on NBC (and in the U.K. on March 24 on BBC One). We have our calendars marked.