People either love or hate Love Actually, but some of us are lucky enough to meet the subject with ambivalence and don’t find the dissection painful. One lingering mystery of the film involves the fate of Karen (Emma Thompson) and Harry (Alan Rickman). The audience learns that Harry is a dirty dog when he gets cozy with his secretary, Mia. Karen discovers how Harry bought a pricey necklace that wasn’t for her, and she sees Harry flirting with Mia. However, Karen and Harry appear to be together at the end of the movie. So, what the hell happened?
The truth came to town on Twitter, where Emma Freud revealed all to rabid Love Actually fans (they do exist). Freud was a script editor for the film, and she’s also married to the film’s writer and director, Richard Curtis. The two did not see eye to eye while penning the fates of Karen and Harry, but Curtis got his way. And the results are even more depressing than watching Karen cry over Harry’s wandering ways. One Twitter user asked whether Harry had an affair with Mia or reconsidered before it was too late.
Freud says that Harry really did do the deed with Mia. Although Freud begged Curtis to make it a mere flirtation, Curtis insisted on the full monty with a horizontal mambo.
In addition, Freud reveals how Harry and Karen decided to stay together, but “home isn’t as happy as it once was.” There’s a gut punch.
Freud did reveal one bit of awesomeness — Rowan Atkinson’s jewelry salesman character tried to deter Harry from buying the necklace. The movie shows Atkinson taking a long time packaging the necklace, but Freud says, “Originally, Rowan’s character over-wrapped the gift on purpose to stop Alan Rickman being able to buy the necklace. Because he was an angel.” Did you hear that? Rowan Atkinson is an angel.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)