Richard Curtis, ‘Love Actually’ Creator, Acknowledges Lack of Diversity in His Films

Richard Curtis, ‘Love Actually’ Creator, Acknowledges Lack of Diversity in His Films

Richard Curtis Acknowledges Lack of Diversity

Renowned writer and director Richard Curtis, famous for creating romantic comedies like “Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and “Notting Hill,” has expressed regret for not including more diversity in his films.

The 66-year-old Bafta-winning filmmaker blames his “undiverse” public school background for the lack of multicultural characters in his works.

Curtis acknowledges the need for change in his approach to filmmaking and pledges to be more inclusive in the future.

The Impact of His Daughter’s Critique

During an interview with his 28-year-old daughter Scarlett at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Curtis revealed the pivotal moment that led to his realization.

His daughter, a mental health campaigner, told him that he should never use the word “fat” again in his films.

Curtis recalls his initial reaction, stating that his generation considered terms like “chubby” humorous, as evidenced by the countless fat jokes in “Love Actually.”

However, he now acknowledges that such humor is outdated and no longer funny.

Curtis expresses that he wasn’t malicious in his intentions but rather unobservant and not as perceptive as he should have been.

Admitting His Mistakes

Curtis admits to not being ahead of the curve when it comes to diversity and inclusivity in his scripts.

He reflects on his upbringing and the lack of diversity in his school and university circles, which influenced his work.

He confesses that he felt uncertain about writing parts for diverse characters and considers his past self as “stupid and wrong” about this issue.

Curtis believes that he, his casting director, and his producers didn’t pay enough attention to this aspect.

Addressing Criticisms in ‘Love Actually’

One of the criticisms directed at Curtis’s work is the portrayal of Martine McCutcheon’s character, Natalie, in “Love Actually.”

The film was criticized for comments made about her weight and appearance. Martine herself acknowledged that the film includes elements that aren’t politically correct but emphasizes the portrayal of real human emotions.

Curtis and his daughter Scarlett engage in a meaningful conversation about feminism, where Scarlett expresses her admiration for her father and how she has contributed to his understanding of feminism.

Richard Curtis reflects on the need for more diversity and inclusivity in his films and acknowledges past mistakes, promising to do better in future projects.

His daughter Scarlett commends his growth and awareness, especially in the context of feminism.