Which Political Party Is Hugh Grant Representing In "Love Actually"?
At first you might think it's obvious, but it actually is quite complicated. (UPDATE: A publicist for Hugh Grant has responded, as has scriptwriter Emma Freud – Richard Curtis's partner.)
So I was watching Love Actually for the 1,365th time last night and I started wondering which political party Hugh Grant is supposed to lead. IT'S CONFUSING.
So naturally I went on Twitter after a glass of wine.
One of the key pieces of evidence is when Grant talks to a portrait of Margaret Thatcher and makes this joke.
It totally suggests that he's a Tory.
But then Katie made a very good point.
A few people also made this argument.
However, when we see portraits of other ex-PMs they're all hanging on the staircase, not in Grant's office. You can see some of them in the background of this scene.
Another clue comes when the president of the United States is discussing policies with Hugh Grant and these two guys want to punch each other in the face.
And just before we find out what issue is close to the PM's heart he is interrupted by the president BEING A MASSIVE, MASSIVE DICK.
Also, what does Grant mean by this?
There's also this point made by Alex in the cabinet meeting, which suggests a dig at the closeness of Bush/Blair.
And what political party would screw up, like, 100 years' worth of American-British diplomacy and political relations BECAUSE OF A CRUSH?
Then there's the fact that there's just been an election...in the middle of NOVEMBER.
This vibe is very real.
Confused, I went to speak with our political editor, Jim Waterson, who was thrilled that I interrupted his work.
Could he really be a Lib Dem?
And regardless of what political party you think Hugh Grant is representing, can we all agree that this character is the goddamn worst in Love Actually?
I also emailed Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant's agents to get to the TRUTH. Curtis didn't respond.
SO LET'S WORK IT OUT.
The winner of this poll will be enshrined in law and we will never discuss it again.