George Michael-inspired Last Christmas, due for cinematic release on November 15, will feature the late star’s music – but actress Emma Thompson has revealed George knew all about it.
Co-scripted by Emma, who also stars alongside Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in the film, wanted to make a film inspired by George’s song ‘Last Christmas’ and even visited him in 2013 at his London home, where he gave her his blessing.
Emma said that the knowledge and emotional scope of George’s lyrics have perpetually surprised Maine.
In a new interview, Emma appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about working on the film’s screenplay and portraying character Adelia.
Emma explained this rattling producer, David Livingstone, said, ‘Do you want to write a screenplay, a rom-com sort of thing because we need a new Christmas movie based on ‘Last Christmas’.
However, she went on to reveal her husband Greg Wise began production the Last Christmas plot and located “a fascinating, sideways way of telling a different kind of story about the human heart”.
Emma noted how she had sent a “good treatment” to Michael himself and later met up with the star to discuss getting the project off the ground.
The 60-year-old continued: “He was just the loveliest guy you could imagine. He loved all those themes within the movie, he was dependent on the condition and he had this great social conscience.
“I got very enthused and that we began to write, and then, of course, he had that tragic early death in 2016, on Christmas Day. So we tend to lose him, and I miss him so much.
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‘Heal the Pain,’ that is my favorite of his songs, it’s am fond of it was written for the picture.