In a case of life imitating art, Martine McCutcheon has revealed that on her first day shooting the Red Nose Day Love Actually sequel she messed up her words – just like her character Natalie did on HER first day in the original film.
“My very first line, I got completely wrong,” she told Heat magazine. “It needed up sounding Chinese! Hugh was like, ‘Ah, right, McCutcheon’s back.’”
In case you’d forgotten, this is how the original exchange went, and it was hardly less awkward (STRONG LANGUAGE WARNING).
ANNIE: And this is Natalie. She’s new, like you.
PM: Hello, Natalie.
NATALIE: Hello, David. I mean, sir. Shit, I can’t believe I just said that. And now I’ve gone and said “shit”. Twice. I’m so sorry, sir.
PM: That’s fine…You could’ve said “fuck” and we’d have been in real trouble.
NATALIE: Thank you, sir. I did have an awful premonition I was going to fuck up on my first day…oh, piss it!
“Me and Hugh are like chalk and cheese – that’s what makes us work,” McCutcheon went on, describing the lasting appeal of Love Actually.
“He’s nervous about dance scenes, whereas I go, ‘Yeah!’ and get stuck in. We bring out the best in each other.”