Love Actually: 20 Years Later interview with Thomas Brodie-Sangster cut short after police interruption

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30 Nov 2022, 07:51

(L-R) Thomas Brodie-Sangster in ABC's Love Actually: 20 Years Later, and Liam Neeson with Thomas in Love Actually (2003)

Credit: ABC / Rex

Love Actually star Thomas Brodie-Sangster had quite the surprise when his walk down memory lane for the film’s 20th anniversary was abruptly interrupted by the police. 

The awkward moment happened during the filming of ABC’s The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later, which aired in the US last night (Tuesday 29th November). 

While in London, host Diane Sawyer spoke to the likes of Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Brodie-Sangster, who made his film debut in the 2003 festive classic. 

Only 12 at the time, Thomas starred in the ensemble piece alongside Liam Neeson, who played his on-screen stepfather Daniel. 

For the 20-year celebration, Diane and Thomas found the London bench he and Liam had sat at during one of their emotional scenes together. 

As reported by MailOnline, the documentary showed how Thomas and Diane were briefly interrupted by police officers after they started speaking to the crew. 

A crew member then interjects into the interview to say they have to leave because they “don’t have the proper permit and they’re going to arrest us.” Almost as dramatic as the movie itself!

Thomas described the interruption as “abrupt” while host Diane laughed off the moment by saying: “Oh they are? Now we run!”

When they weren’t being turfed out by the police, Thomas reminisced about his time with Taken actor Liam, and how he had become a father figure to him while filming. 

He told Diane: “Liam was amazing. He treated me like his son. He was absolutely loving to me. He just created this environment where I was very comfortable.

“At the time I thought, you know, I was pretty much a grownup and I'd been doing this a few years now and I knew what I was doing.”

On being so young when he took part in Love Actually, Thomas added: “I was very serious about it. But looking back, I'd forgotten how small and new I was.”

Elsewhere in the documentary, Hugh Grant revealed the one ‘excruciating’ scene he absolutely hated doing. 

The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later has only aired in the US and currently doesn't have a UK air date. Keep an eye on for updates.