Love Actually fans are howling over a deleted scene featuring Sam at the airport

Zoe Shenton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Rex
Photo credit: Rex

From Red Online

Despite Love Actually focusing far more on heartbreak than love, Christmas isn't ever really complete without at least one viewing of the 2003 film. And, despite most of us having unashamedly watched it at least 50 times at this point, some fans have only just discovered the deleted scene that features Sam at the airport as he dashes to find Joanna.

We're all familiar with it: Sam, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster and his stepdad Daniel, played by Liam Neeson, rush to Heathrow so Sam can tell her goodbye before she leaves for America, making it just in time.

Well, that scene was originally supposed to look very different as Sam's character was initially supposed to be a talented gymnast. Given his gymnastic abilities, the deleted scene shows Sam doing a series of dramatic backflips and cartwheels through the airport.

After watching it, fans — quite rightly — didn't hold back, 'This is an abomination, how ridiculous,' one said, while another shared, 'Good lord, I'm speechless. On reflection, this bit of hilarity might have made the movie better.'

While another hilariously pointed out, 'The body double doing the cartwheels through the seats was about 7 feet tall!'

Speaking about the decision to scrap the scene, director Richard Curtis explained in the film's commentary that it was still a very rough edit. 'We're a bit torn as to whether we were to put this bit in — there would have been some effects and polish done on it. We didn't in the end, and I thought it was fun.

'In the original draft of the movie, there was lots of mentions about the fact that Sam, the little boy, was a brilliant gymnast and when he was sad you'd just see him casually being brilliant at gym. So when it came to an airport scene, he brought his gymnastic prowess into play. This is a very rough edit.'

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