Having German Model Claudia Schiffer in the movie started as a joke as she is mentioned twice in the movie before making her grand appearance. The first time is when Daniel’s (Liam Neeson) wife jokingly suggested Schiffer escorts him to her funeral, as she (Daniel’s wife) was on her deathbed.
She is mentioned again when Sam (Tomas Sangster) talked to Daniel about his romantic involvement. Curtis had no intention for the real Claudia Schiffer to be in the movie and just wanted someone who looked like her. Eventually, he had to settle for the real thing.
Daniel, Sam, and the Drowning ship
Ok, Sam, Daniel's stepson has a crush on a much-taller-than-him girl from school. So far so good. At first, we felt the writers of the movie chose a way too sticky approach, but now, the more we think of it the more we like it.
Could you see yourself with a 10 or 13-year-old kid, discussing their broken heart and using the movie "Titanic" as the rescuer? We think not. We can take so much from the relationship between Daniel and Sam and for us this is what love is actually about.
The Never-Ending Love Story
"Love Actually" covers no less than 10 love stories, all connected in one form or the other. Intentionally (or not), Curtis (script writer) plants the eleventh affair between two characters that in the movie, have no romantic relations at all.
Karen (Thompson) and Daniel (Neeson) are good friends who lean on one another whenever in need, however, if you recall back to the scene where Daniel meets his rebound girlfriend, Carol, he initially called her Karen. Subconsciously, Daniel must have had less-than-innocent feelings for Karen, and Karen on her side could have done better than what she was handed out in the first place.
More Interesting Than You Thought
Unlike the rest of the couples in the movie, John and Judy (Joanna Louise Page and Martin Freeman) are introduced to the viewers at the same time they are introduced to one another. All other characters seem to know each other from way before. Surprisingly, John and Judy have one of the most intriguing stories in the movie.
John is shown as a considerate partner (he warms his hands before touching Judy'd bare body) and manages to clear the atmosphere and overcome the awkwardness of being nude in front of a complete stranger.
John and Judy
The contrast between John and Judy as movie body doubles and John and Judy off-set is quite remarkable. From two shy and modest people, they turn into experienced and skilled adult-only movie doubles and meet while filming an erotic scene together.
When "Love Actually" was shown on TV, John and Judy'd erotic love scene was cut off as it was too much for the TV broadcasters to handle. That bit of spice added to the script did go a little too far. Our question is, did John and Judy have to go to the extreme so they could have a chit-chat and eventually go on a date? Funnily enough, their story is probably the purest relationship of them all.