Since its release in 2003, the romantic comedy Love Actually has become a Christmas favorite for fans around the world. But more than 15 years later, new details are still emerging on the film that surprised fans. The last detail concerns the age difference between stars Keira Knightley and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
In the film, Knightley played Juliet, a bride, who discovers that her husband’s best friend, Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, has romantic feelings for her. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, Mark stood at Juliet’s door, quietly expressing his feelings via a series of handwritten cards while Christmas music played on his boombox.
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Another member of the ensemble cast was Brodie-Sangster who played Sam, a high school student who learns to play drums so that he can impress his crush, Joanna.
At the release of the film, Brodie-Sangster was 13 and Knightley was 18. They are 29 and 34, respectively, and a viral tweet has fans who are losing their heads because they can’t believe the two actors are so close in their age.
The tweet included side-by-side photos of Brodie-Sangster and Knightley from the film, and the caption said, “Annual reminder that there is only a five-year age gap between Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Keira Knightley in Love Actually. “
The original tweet went viral with thousands of likes and retweets – as well as thousands of mind-blowing responses and fan memes – and others made their own to spread the message.
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“I went down to the Love Actually rabbit den and discovered it last night!”, Read one of the replies, about Knightley and Brodie-Sangster. “I also discovered that Hugh Grant was 16 years older than Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth was 16 years older than Lucia Moniz and Laura Linney was 11 years older than Rodrigo Santoro.”
Last week Hugh Grant – who played the British Prime Minister in the film – revealed that he thought the famous scene where he danced through 10 Downing Street to Jump (For My Love) by the Pointer Sisters would be ” the most atrocious celluloid scene ever. “The 59-year-old actor added that he dreaded filming the scene and described it as” absolute hell “.
Grant said he didn’t understand why the film was still so popular, but admitted it was “nice” that watching the film had become such a Christmas tradition for fans.