The One Thing Director Richard Curtis Would Change About Love Actually Today

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

If you consider 2003’s Love Actually a mandatory must-watch come Christmastime, there’s a good chance you have some pretty strong opinions about the star-studded British romantic comedy.

(There are light spoilers beyond this point, so tread carefully if you’re still planning to watch for the first time.)

Maybe you feel that Alan Rickman’s character’s infidelity is decidedly un-Christmasy, or that the way Andrew Lincoln’s character expresses his love for his best friend’s wife is much less romantic than everyone else seems to think. Or maybe you (wrongly) believe that Hugh Grant’s iconic Pointer Sisters dance scene is overindulgent and improbable.

Whatever your opinions, you can at least rest assured that there was nothing you could possibly have done to change anything about this movie—those decisions lie solely with the filmmakers.

Having said that, filmmakers sometimes harbor their own regrets about how things went down, especially with 16 years’ worth of hindsight. And in this case, Love Actually director Richard Curtis has one very specific thing in mind that he would’ve changed.

“I think the naked people should be wearing more clothes,” he told Metro at the Global Citizen Awards, according to Marie Claire.

The naked people in question are played by Martin Freeman and Joanna Page, whose characters are body doubles blocking intimate scenes for actors in an adult film. As Freeman explained on The Graham Norton Show in 2016, the scenes are meant to be innocent and fun, rather than sexy. And he’s definitely right—but the characters’ nakedness is still kind of a turn-off if you’re weighing the merits of watching Love Actually with your parents over Christmas.

If you're looking for ideas, check out 10 offbeat, could-be Christmas movies here.

[h/t Marie Claire]

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

Indestructible Shoes
Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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11 Extremely Valuable Blu-rays

Some Blu-ray discs can increase in value.
Some Blu-ray discs can increase in value.
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While many movies may hold sentimental value, only a few can command a premium price on the collector’s market. Take a look at some Blu-ray discs that routinely sell for significantly more than their original retail price.

1. The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1 (1960-1971)

'The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1' Blu-ray is pictured
The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1.

This spooky collection of Vincent Price’s most macabre films—including 1961’s The Pit and the Pendulum and 1964’s The Masque of the Red Death—was issued by Shout! Factory (under their Scream Factory label) in 2013 in a limited edition that quickly sold out. Those who missed their opportunity now pay $330 or more for the set.

2. The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection (1976)

'The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection' Blu-ray is pictured
The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection.

Director Nicolas Roeg’s sci-fi fable about an alien named Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) arriving on Earth in search of water for his home planet got the Criterion Collection treatment in 2008. A sealed copy routinely sells for up to $400. Even a previously-owned version can net $90 or more.

3. Dolls: Collector's Edition (1987)

The 'Dolls: Collector's Edition' Blu-ray is pictured
Dolls: Collector's Edition.

A year before Chucky and Child’s Play arrived, director Stuart Gordon helmed this horror film about a group of strangers terrorized in a mansion by a collection of rampaging killer dolls. The 2014 Blu-ray is scarce and can go for $80 or more.

4. Our Man Flint (1966)

The 'Our Man Flint' Blu-ray is pictured
Our Man Flint.

James Coburn stars in this riff on the James Bond films as secret agent Derek Flint, who is tasked with foiling an attempt by criminals to control the weather. A sealed copy of the Twilight Time edition from 2013 can sell for $215 or more.

5. Ultimate Jordan (2011)

The 'Ultimate Jordan' Blu-ray is pictured
Ultimate Jordan.

This four-disc collection of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s greatest NBA moments and a look at his life off the court is highly sought after by fans. A sealed edition can fetch $100 or more.

6. Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition (2013)

The 'Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition' Blu-ray is pictured
Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition.

The Sandra Bullock space thriller is readily available on Blu-ray, but this special Diamond Luxe Edition offers two unique options: A Dolby Atmos soundtrack is included that’s meant for specialized surround sound systems. There’s also a feature that allows viewers to turn off the musical score and hear the film with just the dialogue and sound effects. Fans pay $150 or more for the disc.

7. Splash (1984)

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This Tom Hanks comedy about an everyman who falls for a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) has yet to be officially released on Blu-ray in the United States. The Australian import version—which works on American Blu-ray players—can sell for up to $200.

8. Sharpe’s Rifles & Eagle (1993)

The 'Sharpe's Rifles & Eagle' Blu-ray is pictured
Sharpe's Rifles & Eagle.

This set includes two feature-length episodes (Sharpe’s Rifles and Sharpe’s Eagle) of the 1990s British series starring Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe, an elite soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. The hard-to-find collection can sell for $185.

9. Time Lapse (2014)

The 'Time Lapse' Blu-ray is pictured
Time Lapse.

Three friends find a camera that can deliver a photograph of what will happen 24 hours into the future. This trippy sci-fi horror film is out of print and sells for $40 used.

10. Mysterious Island (1961)

The 'Mysterious Island' Blu-ray is pictured
Mysterious Island.

This fantasy film about Civil War soldiers who wind up stranded on an island full of creatures is prized for the stop-motion effects created by the legendary Ray Harryhausen. The out-of-print Twilight Time Blu-ray can sell for $104 or more.

11. Sordid Lives: The Series (2008)

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Sordid Lives: The Series.

This little-seen Logo television series about a dysfunctional Texas family serves as a prequel to 2000’s Sordid Lives movie and stars Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John. The complete first (and only) season can go for $99 or more.