It turns out this Love Actually scene was stolen from Four Weddings and a Funeral

Can you guess which one?

Love Actually scene
(Image credit: Love Actually / Universal Pictures)

There's a specific Love Actually scene that was originally created for Four Weddings and a Funeral but was repurposed for the 2003 Christmas romantic comedy.

Love Actually is undoubtedly one of the best Christmas movies on Netflix which many of us look forward to enjoying every time the festive season rolls around. With so many loveable characters and a variety of both comedic and heart-wrenching storylines, this seasonal rom-com is sure to be on everyone's list of festive movies to watch over the holiday. 

While we may all think that we know this movie inside and out, it has been revealed that in fact, one of the most iconic scenes in this film was snatched from another Richard Curtis classic: Four Weddings and a Funeral. 

As the director and writer also wrote the 1994 hit Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard decided to borrow a scene that he cut from the 1994 hit rom-com and repurpose it for the 2003 Christmas classic.


The scene in question follows the basic premise of a character insulting the food served at a wedding, only to discover that the person he is attempting to charm with hit witty insults is in fact the chef.

Four Weddings and a Funeral obviously features multiple weddings so it is clear how this scene could have easily been slotted in. Love Actually also begins with a wedding and at the beginning of the film, we watch as Keira Knightley's Juliet marries Chiwetel Ejiofor's Peter. 

Later at the wedding reception, Juliet and Peter's wedding caterer, Colin Frissell, (played by Kris Marshall) attempts to flirt with Nancy (played by Julia Davis) by discussing the 'dodgy food' that he compares to a 'dead baby's finger'. 

She reveals that she has in fact catered for this wedding and his insults have all been directed at her cooking skills.

The scene was originally written for Hugh Grant's character, Charles, from Four Weddings and a Funeral. 

This type of foot-in-mouth comment makes total sense for Hugh Grant's bumbling character in this film who was well known for his awkward moments—remember when he accidentally was trapped in the room while his friend consummated his marriage? Or when he accidentally revealed to his friend John that his new wife 'never stopped bonking Toby Deloues'?

Incidentally, Hugh Grant featured in both films, and although his character was Prime Minister of the UK in Love Actually, he was still just as hapless and had the same ability to stumble into awkward situations as Charles in Four Weddings.

While Love Actually was released nearly two decades ago in 2003, it is still one of the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime, and the fact that it shares this sweet link with another Richard Curtis classic, might just make us love it even more.

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