Boris Johnson tried to make a Love Actually spoof and Hugh Grant pointed out this glaring omission

Moya Lothian-McLean@moya_lm
Tuesday 10 December 2019 10:15
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One thing no one asked for this this morning: Boris Johnson re-enacting the famous notecard scene from Love Actually.

For those who’ve forgotten, it’s the scene where Andrew Lincoln tells his best mate’s wife via the medium of A3 note cards that he’s in love with her but it’s fine because, Christmas.

The moment has become a surprising motif during the December election, with Labour candidate Dr Rosena Allin-Khan releasing her own version of the scene back in November.

Labour activists have also sharing memes using the notecards, perhaps because they’re really, really easy to photoshop.

Now Johnson’s got in on the act.

But his Brexit-heavy version of the scene isn’t going down so well with the internet – or actual Love Actually star Hugh Grant, who’s been campaigning against the Tories for the last six weeks.

Grant said during a morning appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

I did notice that one of the cards from the original film that he didn’t hold up was the one where Andrew Lincoln held up a card saying 'Because at Christmas you tell the truth.'

And I just wonder if the spin doctors in the Tory party just thought that it was a card that wouldn’t look too great in Boris Johnson’s hands.

He did however, praise the “very high production values,” adding:

Clearly the Conservative party have an awful lot of money… maybe that’s where all the roubles went.

People who didn't star in the literal movie were equally unimpressed too, immediately editing Johnson’s notecards to reflect some other Tory achievements – like making sick children kip on hospital floors.

#VoteConservativeActually also started trending on Twitter, with users giving reasons like “if you want to see the NHS sold off” and “Empower the xenophobic right.”

And one thing Johnson might have missed when coming up with his spoof is that the character he plays ends up alone in the original film – and the woman he’s trying to woo goes back to her husband.

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