English director Richard Curtis regrets body shaming in his famous Christmas comedy and justifies the lack of diversity in his works.
Richard Curtis regrets jokes about weight contained in Love Actuallyadmitting that “today they are no longer funny”. From a politically correct perspective, even the Christmas romcom loved by the general public is not perfectly appropriate, especially as regards the shadow of the body shaming.
Natalie’s character (Martine McCutcheon) is often mocked for her weight throughout the film, her father calls her “chubby,” a coworker notes that she has “huge thighs,” and her love interest (Hugh Grant) tells her, “God, you weigh a lot”after she jumped into his arms.
“I remember how shocked I was five years ago when my daughter Scarlett told me, ‘You can never use the word ‘fat’ again.”Curtis told the Times. “And wow, she was right. I think I was distracted, those jokes aren’t funny anymore, but I didn’t do it maliciously. I think I was careless and not as smart as I should have been.”
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The reason for the lack of diversity
Many of Richard Curtis’ films have been criticized in recent years for not being in line with modern sensibilities given that they feature predominantly white casts, as in the case of Bridget Jones’s Diary e Notting Hill.
“I come from a school where there was little diversity”Curtis said when asked about the lack of diversity in his films. “With Notting Hill, I think I held onto the diversity thing, the feeling that I wouldn’t know how to write those parts. And I think I was just stupid about it. I feel like me, my casting director, my producers we hadn’t thought about it. I just wasn’t looking outward enough.”