An absolutely wild deleted scene from beloved holiday film Love Actually is doing the rounds on social media this week, and it has to be seen to be believed.
The scene, which first surfaced in 2013, is an extended version of the moment lovesick Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), the son of Liam Neeson’s character, runs through Heathrow Airport to tell Joanna (Olivia Olson) he loves her, evading security like a pro.
While in the film, 11-year-old Sam managing to lose the adult security guards is impressive enough, in the original version, Sam’s airport dash actually featured a series of complicated gymnastic moves and flourishes as he wove his way through the crowds.
It also included some pretty unbelievable body doubles.
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It turns out Sam’s gymnastic abilities were a central part of his story in the original draft of the film, but director Richard Curtis decided to scrap it.
“We were a bit torn whether or not to put [the scene] in because there would have been sort of effects and polish done on it, but we didn’t and I think it’s fun,” Curtis said in the director’s commentary.
“In the original draft of the movie there were lots of mentions about the fact that Sam, the little boy, was a brilliant gymnast and you casually saw him when he was very sad doing double twists and turns and not getting any joy out of it at all.”
He added that the deleted scene was a “very rough edit”.
“So when it came to the airport … he brought his gymnastic prowess into play and this is a very rough edit of how he would have been the Nadia Comăneci [or] Olga Korbut of the movie.
The scene, and the thought of glum little Sam doing Olympic-level gymnastics throughout the film, has tickled fans of the Christmas favourite.
On Twitter, they’ve been collectively shocked by what could have been.
One more simply wrote of the insane footage: “Delete it again.”
Last week, The Laughter and Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later, a TV special celebrating two decades since the film’s release, uncovered several behind-the-scenes titbits from filming.
Among the revelations, actor Hugh Grant revealed his most loathed scene was his infamous Downing Street dance sequence.
Elsewhere, director Curtis shared that Keira Knightley was convinced the film would ruin her career. Instead, it did quite the opposite.
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