With a Love Actually sequel in the works will it really be the same without the full cast?
The 10-minute Red Nose Day special won't feature an Alan Rickman tribute, he died last year at 69. And now it’s been revealed that Emma Thompson won’t be making an appearance.
Martine McCutcheon, who played Hugh Grant's secretary in the 2003 hit holiday movie, was on the U.K.’s Loose Women, where she said: “As far as I know, lots of people are back in the cast. It's a kind of, 'Where are they now?' catching up with all of us, all these years later.
“I know that Emma Thompson did say that she would prefer not to because it just wouldn't be the same without Alan Rickman. And I don't think I would feel right doing it without Hugh.”
Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis had also said publicly "We're not doing everyone. We're doing about two thirds of people. Ems isn't in it. She just can't do it."
Emma and Alan played husband and wife in the movie, and starred in a number of other films and productions together. After he passed away, the actress released a statement saying:
“Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humor, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word.
"The intransigence which made him the great artist he was — his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him.
"He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn't wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him. He was the ultimate ally. In life, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.”
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