8 Interesting Things to Know About the Movie Notting Hill
It’s been almost 20 years since the release of Notting Hill, but it’s still on everyone’s must-watch or must-watch-again lists. How can we ever forget Anna Scott’s iconic line, “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her,” or Will Thacker’s bright blue door? Here are some things you might not know about the iconic movie.
The idea for the movie came up while author Richard Curtis was lying in bed.
Curtis often wondered what it would be like to head to dinner at a friend’s house with the most famous person at that time. “It all sprang from there,” he said. “That was the starting point, the idea of a very normal person going out with an unbelievably famous person and how that impinges on their lives.”
Anna Scott wasn’t modeled after Julia Roberts.
When the film was released in 1999, rumors came out saying that the plot was based on Roberts’s life. The actress refuted this in an interview with Vanity Fair, saying, “I think that is the most pedestrian, boring line you can draw. If people can’t sit and just appreciate the movie for what it is—a movie written by Richard Curtis and not about me—then they shouldn’t be writing about the movie.” Curtis has also stated that the character of Anna Scott is a hybrid of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
A lot of the paparazzi shots of Anna Scott at the start of the film are real photos of Julia Roberts.
Most, in fact, came from the show Entertainment Tonight.
The house with the blue door was once owned by Richard Curtis.
The property, located at 280 Westbourne Park Road, was no longer Curtis’s at the time of the film’s release. Its new owners painted the iconic door black as a reaction to all the fans that visited the shoot location. After being sold to a different owner, the door was repainted blue.
Anna Scott’s pay for her last film matched Julia Robert’s for Notting Hill.
When Will’s friend Bernie asked Anna how much she made in her last film, she said she was paid $15 million. Julia Roberts received the exact same amount for her role in the film.
Julia Roberts wore zero makeup in some scenes.
In an interview with The Guardian, director Roger Michell shared, “I wanted the full panoply of her as a goddess and her as a mortal. With so many women, there's a real childlike vulnerability when they take their makeup off.”
Hugh Grant has made jokes about Julia Roberts’s lips.
When Grant appeared on Watch What Happens
The film’s original cut was three-and-a-half hours long.
Around 90 minutes worth of scenes were cut or shortened in the final release, including the scene where Will and Anna were practicing lines on a rooftop. Anna had swearing lines in this scene, and those were cut so the film could keep its PG-13 rating.