Love Actually originally included same-sex couple storyline – but it was deleted
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Love Actually.
The 2003 rom-com with a star-studded cast follows multiple storylines in London in the lead-up to Christmas.
But as well as being hugely popular, Love Actually has divided many people's opinions.
Although the films features nine love stories, they are all about heterosexual couples.
None of the storylines involve LGBTQ+ couples – which it has been heavily criticised for.
But one scene that was cut from the movie could actually have helped it avoid some of that criticism.
When Love Actually was originally shot, it included a storyline with a same sex couple.
The scene, which was cut, involved Coronation Street star Anne Reid and her terminally-ill girlfriend, played by Rising Damp actress Frances de la Tour.
Reid’s character was the headmistress at the school that puts on the nativity play and the incredible version of All I Want For Christmas Is You.
Writer/director Richard Curtis said he was “really sorry” that the scene had to be cut, but because they also cut a scene with Karen (Emma Thompson) and her son at school, it wouldn’t have made sense.
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Speaking during an interview on the DVD extras, Mr Curtis said: “The idea was meant to be that you just casually met this very sort of stern headmistress who you would just think, ‘There’s a stern headmistress’.
“And the idea was meant to be that later on in the film, 15 minutes later, we suddenly fell in with the headmistress and you realise that, no matter how unlikely it seems, that any character that you come across in life has their own complicated tale of love.”
In the heartbreaking clip, Reid’s character can be seen arriving home from school and greeting her girlfriend who is in bed.
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The girlfriends have some light-hearted banter before Reid leaves to make the dinner.
We later see the couple in bed together, where Reid is comforting her lover as she coughs.
In another scene we see Karen (Thompson) at the school production, where she is addressing the crowd.
Karen praises the bravery of the headmistress who is there despite her “recent loss”.
She says: “Geraldine was a wonderful and wicked woman and sorrow is particularly hard at Christmas.”
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