Few screenwriters can boast of adding several classics to their résumé. Y Richard Curtis is one of those privileged with international successes such as Notting Hill, Love Actually Y Four Weddings and a Funeral. All three stories came out of his romantic imagination, touching generations alike throughout the years. And he continued to do so in other less successful films, such as Yesterday, a matter of time, or helping with the scripts for the first two Bridget Jones installments.
That is to say, his creative idyll with love has sown the most fruitful results of his career, but where does this weakness for telling romantic stories come from?
The answer was given by himself during his appearance on Craig Oliver’s podcast, Desperately Seeking Wisdom. And the origin of her passion for writing romantic comedies and love stories stems from the first time her heart was broken.
Every story has a beginning and in this case it goes back to his first crush when he was 7 years old. “Love was a problem for me. And the reason is because when I was seven I fell in love with a girl on a bus, and I stole a ring from my mother to give it (to the girl) but she threw it out the school window into the snow ” he told in the interview.
The rejection didn’t stop him and while he managed to get his mother’s ring back, the infatuation continued. “She was all I could think of for two years. “ he added while admitting that his beloved’s name was Tracy Thompson.
His crush even led him to forge a friendship with Tracy’s brother, whom Richard couldn’t stand but “so he invited me to his house and I could see Tracy from time to time ”.
“I was always a fool of love ” admits openly. “It was something that lived very deep, and that is a problem ”.
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Curtis admits that this tendency to imagine romantic stories for the cinema was born with that crush and that although it did not leave him “psychological damage”, yes believe that “There was definitely some psychological insanity” in experience. Since then he discovered that every time he saw a movie, the ones that managed to move him were the romantic stories “like Ghost (Beyond love) and Gregory’s Girl who had love as their plot ”.
And so, years later, movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral, inspired by the experiences of Richard Curtis attending different ceremonies after discovering at 34 that he had been invited to 65 weddings in 11 years. OR Notting hill when one night he imagined what a romance would be like between an anonymous and a famous, while with Love Actually I just wanted to talk about the meaning of love through various stories (Vulture).
The screenwriter and director added that now, at 65, he recognizes that such a crush at such a young age is “really weird”, but it marked him enough to carry the pain inside and instead focus the early days of his career on satirical comedy.
But then he met his life partner 30 years ago, Emma Freud, the great-granddaughter of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. And not only has he raised a family of four children (who are now between 17 and 26 years old) but he has let his romantic imagination run wild creating iconic films for the genre. And all for a whim and heart parted When I was a kid.