The Love Actually Cast came together to celebrate and promote Red Nose Day while simultaneously making all of us feel a lot of feelings.
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It opened with a familiar scene, Juliet (Kiera Knightly) opening the door to find Mark (Andrew Lincoln aka Rick Grimes), standing there with a new batch of signs. The signs slowly revealed that Juliet and her husband are happy and that Mark ended up marrying Kate Moss (In truth, he ended up losing his wife in a zombie apocalypse, but they seemed to skip that).
Jamie (Colin Firth aka Mr. Darcy) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz) are also happy together with Jamie’s Portuguese improving, but obviously not quickly enough.
Sarah (Laura Linney) is married to McDreamy (Patrick Demsey) and he is absolutely in love with her.
Daniel (Liam Neeson) and his son, Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), reunite on the bench, another scene we all have burned into our brains, and Sam tells his father that he and Joanna (Olivia Olson) have reunited and are getting married.
Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) is still Billy Mack. On children, his views are, “Even you must have noticed how short and selfish they are”.
We even get to see Rufus (Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean), the salesman, taking a ridiculous amount of time to gift wrap a red nose.
The star-studded ‘sequel’ manages to get the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant aka BAE) to show us his moves once more, this time, to a different song. After he falls down the stairs and hurts his back, we are gently made aware that he and Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) are happily married.
The Prime Minister addresses the press and humorously takes a swipe at Piers Morgan by listing him as something terrible in the world, along with the Harry Potter series having ended (Piers will never escape his feud with Joanne and the WORLD). Hugh Grant continues to explain that even though there are horrific things happening in the world, there is still goodness and one should stay optimistic. He explains Red Nose Day and the beauty of people donating to the cause.
It was done exceptionally well, leaving you feeling warm, just as it was intended. In just over 16 minutes, every Love Actually fan experienced love, laughter, a tinge of sadness and an enormous amount of nostalgia.
It was hard not to feel heartache knowing that you were not going to see Alan Rickman.
Shameez Patel Papathanasiou
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