‘About Time’ Interview: Director Richard Curtis Talks Retirement and His Most Personal Script Yet
Even if you don’t know the name Richard Curtis, you certainly know his movies. The man has written such classic rom-coms as ‘Notting Hill,’ ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ and, most well-known of all, ‘Love Actually,’ which he also directed. His latest and last directorial effort, ‘About Time,’ brings together Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams to tell arguably his most personal story yet, and we sat down with the director to talk about the experience.
Of course, as Curtis jokes, the part of his life he didn’t use as inspiration for the script was time travel. ‘About Time’ centers on Tim (Gleeson), a young man who discovers the males of his family have the ability to travel through time. Finding little success in love, he uses his power to help him get a girlfriend (McAdams). Although the film centers primarily on the couple, Curtis uses personal stories as the basis for Tim’s relationships to his father (which is developed through their ping pong matches), his immediate family and friends.
Curtis announced earlier this year that ‘About Time’ would be his last film before he retires from directing. “I think I was trying to learn from the plot of the movie,” he tells ScreenCrush. “I was trying to make a movie about cherishing every normal day, and when you’re making a movie, every day is really abnormal for about three years. So I thought, right from the beginning I thought I’ll try and make this the last film I do, say everything I want to say, and then I can take more time off.”
But don’t worry, he’ll still continue writing those heartfelt screenplays.
‘About Time’ is in theaters now. For more info on the film, watch our full interview with Richard Curtis above.