On Thursday, May 25, Oscar-nominated romantic comedy maestro Richard Curtis revived his award-winning 2003 film “Love Actually” for a good cause. “Red Nose Day Actually” aired on NBC and reunited most of the principal actors from the film including Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liam Neeson and of course Bill Nighy. If you missed it last night, or would just like to watch it again, the entire special is now online. Watch it above.
Comic Relief’s “Red Nose Day” raised money to fund programs throughout the United States, as well as in poor communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa. NBC aired the “Love Actually” special as part of a special night of programming that also included a celebrity edition of “American Ninja Warrior” and an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” featuring Julia Roberts.
In “Red Nose Day Actually” irreverent rocker Billy Mack (Nighy) was raising money for the cause with a special charity single every bit as crass as his Christmas cash-in song from “Love Actually” — of course he’s also promoting an autobiography, which he hasn’t read. We also revisit Grant, whose role as prime minister doesn’t seem nearly as implausible in 2017 as it did in 2003; he falls down the stairs while dancing to Drake‘s “Hotline Bling,” as has been known to happen.
Jamie (Firth) is still happily married to Aurelia (Lucia Moniz), with whom he overcame a language barrier. Daniel (Neeson) reunited with his still-lovestruck stepson Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster). Juliet (Knightley) is still happily married to Peter (Ejiofor), even though Mark (Lincoln) is still stalking her with handwritten signs. Even Sarah (Linney), who had a melancholy ending in the original film, found love with Patrick Dempsey.
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