Just in time for the holidays, it’s time to dust off one of our favorites and try, unsuccessfully, to ignore the fact that it is glaringly heterosexual.
In the opening sequence of Love Actually, Hugh Grant, in his verbose and romantic manner says, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around,” as we watch families and loved ones reunite at the airport.
But not so fast; it turns out, love, actually, is for lesbian couples, too!
Speaking about a deleted story line, director Richard Curtis says that he was incredibly sorry to see this particular part of the story lost and explains why it had to happen. One of the subplots featured a touching, tearjerking relationship between a stern headmistress (played by Anne Reid) of Emma Thompson’s character’s kids’ school and her partner.
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He said, “The idea was meant to be you just casually met this very sort of stern headmistress… and the idea was meant to be that later on in the film… we suddenly fell in with the headmistress and you realize that no matter how unlikely it seems, that any character you come across in life has their own complicated tale of love.”
I dare you to not cry by the end of this clip, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The clip ended up hitting the cutting room floor after another plot with Thompson’s kids was cut, as well.
It’s beautiful and touching, and while it still sticks to some of the tropes of same-sex couples in cinema, it might have helped dispel some long-held misconceptions often associated with the LGBT community and their relationships, proving to the world — an odd thing to even think we have to do — that they are just as deep and meaningful (and heartbreaking) as any other kind of relationship. The deleted story line would have given the film a third dimension that, in 2015, is impossible not notice missing.
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