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Victoria Johns

Hugh Grant calls Love Actually scene 'excruciating' as film celebrates 20th anniversary

Hugh Grant has called an iconic scene in Love Actually the 'most excruciating thing ever committed to celluloid'.

The Christmas classic is celebrating 20 years since its release, but the actor, 62, says dancing around as Prime Minister David is something he'd rather forget.

Fans will remember the character getting his groove on to the Pointer Sisters' Jump in the offices at Number 10 - before being caught by his secretary.

Speaking to ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer during a special 20-years-later celebration of Love Actually, Hugh admitted: “I think I saw it in the script and thought ‘I’ll hate doing that’. No Englishman can dance when they’re sober at 8am in the morning.

“And to this day, you know, there’s many people, and I agree with them, and we think it’s the most excruciating scene ever committed to celluloid.

“But then some people like it.”

Hugh Grant says this scene in Love Actually was 'excruciating' to film (Universal/Dna/Working Title/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Hugh also claimed it was his idea to have the secretary, played by the late Meg Wynn Owen, catch him mid-boogie.

“I will give myself the credit of having the secretary catch me… genius,” he said, laughing.

The film’s writer Richard Curtis said the Four Weddings star was “grumpy” about doing the dance, but went through with it due to “contractual obligation”.

“I think he was hoping I (would) get ill or something and they’d say, ‘Oh, what a shame to lose that dancing sequence’", he revealed.

Hugh also claimed it was his idea to have the secretary, played by the late Meg Wynn Owen, catch him mid-boogie (ABC/Twitter)

“He was grumpy but he knew he was under a contractual obligation.”

Despite Hugh's reservations, the film, starring Keira Knightly and Martine McCutcheon, remains one of the most popular Christmas films in recent history.

Love Actually grossed $246 million (£205 million) worldwide on a budget of $45 million (£37 million) and received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Love Actually is Christmas classic (Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

However, despite its popularity, the film has been criticised for its lack of LGBTQ+ storylines.

Originally, Love Actually featured a scene with Anne Reid playing the school's headmistress, who had a partner called Geraldine (played by Frances de la Tour), who was terminally ill.

But the scene was cut, with the director later saying he was "really sorry" to lose the storyline.

Richard Curtis revealed there were a number of scenes cut from the film (ABC/Twitter)

"The idea was meant to be that later on in the film, we suddenly fell in with the headmistress and you realise that no matter how unlikely it seems, that any character you come across in life has their own complicated tale of love," Richard said.

However, the award-winning director then explained that once they had cut a scene with Karen, played by Emma Thompson and her son at the school, the storyline wouldn't have made sense.

The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later, was broadcast on US network ABC on Wednesday.

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