Angel, actually. According to the DVD commentary Atkinson's character initially was an angel named Rufus who was supposed to help all the characters in their romantic pursuits, courtesy of Mental Floss #15...
Rather than just an overenthusiastic gift wrapper with a good
Samaritan streak at the airport, Atkinson's Rufus was initially
written as a ...
Emma Freud - who was script writer/editor of the film (source) - and director Richard Curtis’s wife - was discussing the film on Twitter in December 2015.
The actual twit content is:
emma freud ✔ @emmafreud
7:10 AM - 13 Dec 2015
@carlotta429 DEFINITELY had an affair. i begged richard just to make it a flirtation, but no. the whole way.
In his early scenes with her there's clear banter between them, she's initially nervous and overly-familiar, but he likes it:
David: Hello, Natalie.
Natalie: Hello, David. I mean, sir. Shit, I can't believe I've just said that. And now I've gone and said 'shit'. Twice. I'm so sorry, sir.
David: You could've said 'fuck' and
we'd have been in real trouble.
There are scenes in Love Actually where the character of the British Prime Minister played by Hugh Grant and the President of the United States of America played by Billy Bob Thorton are at a press conference together.
During this scene there is flash photography from photographers covering the press conference.
The scene is here in this You Tube clip.
I've decided to contact the channel and ask the question.
This is the answer I received:
There are several such moments - e.g. flashes during the school play,
that ends with a kissing scene between the Prime Minister and his
office employee, or earlier, during the Christmas party for the
employees of the character portrayed by Alan Rickman. The last ...
I can only offer my own understanding of Mark's words here (even though I tried to snoop around Google a bit for an explanation, but no luck this time, maybe just this one site mentioning it briefly). Basically, what he said could be understood in two ways:
Explanation 1: He just got a kiss (even though more of a consolidation one than anything else, but ...
I mostly agree with @NGLN, but I think David is afraid his feelings for Natalie are going to overwhelm him and everyone will see that he's in love with her. We can see that during his speech to the reporters, in which he ends with something about "what is best for ..." pauses for a long time, locks eyes with Natalie, she smiles ... and David finishes his ...
He has a crush on her. Picture the scene.
Oh, I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want
At the climax of the song, she turns to him, points and sings
is You, You baby!
His little heart is complete. She wants him too! Then, sadly, she turns and points at everybody and sings ...
Sam wants to be her one and only. She sings, "All I want for Christmas ... is you!" and she points at HIM. That makes him happy! She didn't point at anyone else, she pointed at HIM! He didn't even think she knew his name!
But then, she starts pointing at other people too. "And you, and you, and you...." Sam suddenly thinks she was just pointing at random ...
The prime minister is obviously attracted to her, he expresses (to himself and the audience) the inconvenience of it, and he conveys almost childish behaviour. With and without her nearby.
Before the speech wherein he disavows collaboration with the US, he sees the US president harassing Natalie. That certainly served as inspiration for his speech, although ...
Pretty much that they were all in wonderful relationships with the people they started relationships with.
In short, a 10 minute Happy-Ending update
FAR too much went on to describe here, but there is an in depth summary here:
Radio Times Summary
Although the restaurant where it was filmed may actually be in Portugal, there is no practical way the guy would drive from Marseilles to anywhere in Portugal. Not logical. There are many expats of Portuguese decent living in France; there are many enclaves. That is what was intended in the film. Although ... it is certainly not clear in the movie. They ...