For lovers of the classic romantic comedy Love Actually, the scene where Hugh Grant's lovestruck prime minister dances his way though 10 Downing Street to the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" is an instant classic. And his reaction to being caught by his assistant, Mary, is priceless.
Let's all remind ourselves of this very important moment in pop culture, shall we?
It turns out that the scene very well may not have happened at all if Grant had gotten his way.
In a recent interview with People TV, he admitted that he was apprehensive about doing the scene, and not just because of the awkward, on-camera dancing involved.
Grant told Jess Cagle, the editorial director for People and Entertainment Weekly:
Well, I could see that it might work. Although I never understood it technically. I kept saying to Richard [Curtis, the director], 'Okay, look. I've got the radio on in my room. My bedroom, and I'm dancing, fine. But then I started dancing through the whole of 10 Downing Street. Where's the music coming from? How does it cut off at the end?'
And Curtis gave the best non-answer ever: "Oh, don't worry about that, it's film world."
Grant admits that perhaps he overthought it a bit, but apparently that's what he does with all of his movies.
I do this with scripts. I go through them with a really fine-toothed comb. I think if I keep asking myself these questions it will make me act better. And 90 percent of the time it's all, 'F**k it, it doesn't matter. It's film world.'
To be fair, Grant was also a bit nervous about having to "freak out" without the help of alcohol, "at seven in the morning, in front of a grumpy crew," which is completely valid. And the final product is pretty great, especially considering that he did it on the fly without any rehearsal.
Most fans probably can't imagine the movie without the scene, and many were shocked (and amused) to hear Grant's confession:
thank god for writers, directors, and producers... otherwise we’d have hugh grant as he is— slam (@sammybreen) January 12, 2018
Why on earth? He was amazing in this movie! Everybody was....my favorite movie!— Sandra S Beechey (@SandraBeechey) January 12, 2018
We'd have to agree. The scene is perfection. And we're anxiously awaiting the news that a real prime minister is caught dancing through 10 Downing Street. But until then, this will do just fine.