It's probably ambitious to hope that we'll get closure on all of Love Actually's unsatisfactory open endings, but there may be one more last minute rewrite. According to Entertainment Weekly, Laura Linney' will be in the Love Actually sequel Red Nose Day Actually, but there's a catch. Apparently Linney's character Sarah will only been seen in the U.S. version of the the short, definitely a delightful last minute addition.
"I’d done something for the last Red Nose Day," the actor told Entertainment Weekly. "So I’d kept in touch with Richard Curtis. And then he sent me an email, explaining this short film reunion. I said yes, obviously. How could I say no? And right away we were figuring out our schedules." So, although we'll never really get comfort for how the way Harry and Karen fell apart (R.I.P. Alan Rickman), it's plausible we can see Sarah get a happily ever after.
Last we left off with the perpetually pining Sarah, she had just had a moment of triumph dashed against the rocks: her hook-up with longtime work crush Karl was cut short by a call from her mentally ill brother, Michael. The two couldn't move on from the awkward incident, and Karl silently ended the relationship before it ever began. Everyone feels depressed about it. Everyone. This needs a more cheerful final act.
Of course, that happy ending won't include Karl and his perfectly chiseled upper torso. It doesn't seem that Rodrigo Santoro is signed onto any aspect of the mini-sequel. And maybe that's a good thing, because, abs aside, it's still very debatable that Karl and Sarah should've ended up together. After Sarah unloaded the baggage of her brother at an inopportune time, Karl could barely say more than "Merry Christmas" to her. Yes, it's a lot to handle, but if it's true love, actually, shouldn't they have tried to make it work...?
I mean, look Sarah was hung up on him for two years, seven months, three days, and an hour and 30 minutes, plus a few days or weeks or whatever. She doesn't need to be hung up on that for another 14 years. She could have probably found someone who could take care of her within that span of time.
The selfless Sarah definitely deserves her day, even if that may be a minute tacked onto the less than 15-minute short. Fingers crossed that we'll see Sarah doing far better for herself when Red Nose Day Actually, airs May 25 on NBC.