You may have heard by now thast a Love Actually sequel is in the works for Comic Relief. But the 10-minute Red Nose Day special won't feature an Alan Rickman tribute—nor will Emma Thompson be making an appearance.
Now, Martine McCutcheon, who played Hugh Grant's sweary secretary in the 2003 romantic comedy, has revealed the heartbreaking reason why Thompson won't be reprising her role as Karen.
Speaking on Wednesday's episode of Loose Women, McCutcheon 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."
Speaking to PA, Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis previously said: "You know, dealing with Alan is very complicated, so not really."
"We're not doing everyone. We're doing about two thirds of people."
He added: "Ems isn't in it. She just can't do it."
Thompson and Rickman famously appeared together as husband and wife in Love Actually and in 1995's Sense and Sensibility. They reunited in 2010 as former lovers in the BBC's Song of Lunch.
They both also starred in 1998's Judas Kiss, while she led the cast of his 1997 film The Winter Guest.
Thompson previously paid a heartbreaking tribute to her close friend Rickman, after the actor's death last year at the age of 69.
In a statement, the actress said that she had just seen Rickman before he passed away, and that his death is "painful" for her. "Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye," she said. "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."
She added: "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."
From: Digital Spy
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