Saturday 21 April 2018

Curtis changes tune on marriage

Richard Curtis says he is considering getting married
Richard Curtis says he is considering getting married

Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis has hinted he may have a wedding of his own on the horizon.

R ichard, who has four children with his partner Emma Freud, said h e wrote the film as "an attempt to explain to my mother why I wasn't getting married".

He told Radio 4's The Reunion: "I have to say it didn't work. She was still very unhappy with the situation for the next 15 years, although do you know I'm thinking about it. I think I might."

The team behind the romantic comedy told the show's host, Sue MacGregor, t hey used real-life aristocrats as extras to save money while making the hit film.

The low-budget production became one of the most successful British films of all time, taking an estimated 250 million US dollars (£150 million) at the box office.

Producer Duncan Kenworthy said the posh extras were brought in because they would work for a small payment and did not need costumes.

He said: " At the second wedding we had a what I called an aristocracy co-ordinator Amber Rudd, who is now an MP, and she knew a lot of dukes and earls.

"I swear and I said at the time ' you can look across the room and actually pick out the real aristocrats' so they gave us the authenticity but number two they all owned their own morning suits so we saved on the Moss Bros aspect of the budget."

Duncan also recited a list of "big names" that were considered for the part eventually played by Andie MacDowell in the film, including Julianne Moore, Rosanna Arquette and Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker.

:: Hear the full interview on The Reunion on Radio 4 at 11.15 on Sunday.

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