One of the most notable absences from the cast list for the “Love Actually” reunion short film is that of actress Emma Thompson.
May of the original stars such as Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth are all returning for the ten-minute piece which will air as part of British charity’s Comic Relief event and is being penned and directed by the original film’s writer/director Richard Curtis.
Thompson, out doing press for “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend, says it was ‘too soon’ to be involved since the death of actor Alan Rickman last year. Rickman and Thompson shared scenes together in the original as a long married couple whose relationship changes for the worse after her husband begins a flirtatious affair with his secretary.
Thompson told the Press Association that Curtis reached out to her while planning the reunion film and said he couldn’t do it:
“Richard wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, we can’t write anything for you because of Alan,’ and I said, ‘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.”
The short film will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on March 24th: