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Richard Curtis Expresses Regret Over Controversial Jokes and Lack of Diversity in Iconic Romantic Comedies : Report

Renowned filmmaker Richard Curtis has publicly expressed regret over the controversial jokes and lack of diversity present in his iconic romantic comedies. In a candid statement, Curtis acknowledged the need for greater inclusivity and sensitivity in his past works. This move aligns with the growing demand for more representation and socially conscious storytelling in the film industry.

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In a candid conversation with his daughter at the Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, renowned writer and director Richard Curtis reflected on some of his most beloved romantic comedies, expressing remorse for certain aspects of his past works.

Controversial Jokes in Love Actually: During the discussion, Curtis’s daughter, Scarlett Curtis, drew attention to a controversial joke in the 2003 hit film “Love Actually.” In the movie, a character, Natalie, portrayed by Martine McCutcheon, is referred to as “massive” with “tree trunk thighs.” Curtis acknowledged that these kinds of jokes are no longer considered funny, admitting that he was unobservant and not as sensitive as he should have been at the time.

Regret Over Lack of Diversity in Notting Hill: Scarlett also highlighted the issue of diversity in Curtis’s 1999 romantic comedy “Notting Hill,” which is set in a diverse West London district. However, despite the film’s setting, the main cast, led by Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, did not reflect this diversity. Curtis explained that his lack of diversity in the film was due to his background and upbringing, admitting he was wrong and regretted not considering the issue during production.

Regret Over Iconic Love Actually Scene: In a published annotated version of the “Love Actually” script, Curtis expressed regret about a famous scene where the character Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, declares his love for Juliet, played by Keira Knightley, using handwritten cue cards. Curtis revealed that he had multiple options for how the scene could play out, but he ultimately chose one based on office input. He now wonders if the choice was the right one and if others share the same regret.

Overall, Richard Curtis’s candid reflections shed light on the changing sensibilities and perspectives in filmmaking, acknowledging the need for more sensitivity and inclusivity in storytelling.