The actress explained how Richard Curtis couldn't write anything for her character without addressing Alan Rickman.
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While most of the Love Actually cast are reuniting for a mini sequel as part of the comedy fundraiser Red Nose Day, Emma Thompson is not. The actress told reporters that it’s “too sad” to return, as director Richard Curtis couldn’t write a part for her without involving the late Alan Rickman.

“Richard wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, I can’t write anything for you ’cause of Alan,’ and I said, ‘No, of course, of course you can’t,'” she told Reuters at the U.K. premiere of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. “It would be sad, too sad. It’s too soon. You know, it’s absolutely right.”

She added, “It’s absolutely right, it’s supposed to be for Comic Relief and there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend really only just over a year ago. … We thought and thought but it just seemed wrong.”

Rickman died at the age of 69 in January of last year after a battle with cancer. He starred in Love Actually as Thompson’s on-screen husband, whose flirtation with his secretary leads to perhaps the most depressing storyline of the film. Emma Freud, Curtis’ wife and script editor on the film, revealed what became of the characters in 2015.

Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, Olivia Olson, and Rowan Atkinson will reunite for the Love Actually sequel, which takes the form of a short film set 14 years later.

Curtis had said, “We hope to make something that’ll be fun and which we hope will help bring lots of viewers and cash to the Red Nose Day shows.”

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