Richard Curtis reveals unexpected Christmas wish

Richard Curtis has revealed what he’s wished for this Christmas and it’s not what you might expect.

The rom-com filmmaker is well-known for his love of the holiday season, having famously directed Love Actually and added another festive flick to his repertoire this year by producing Genie.

The new film follows the story of a magical genie who is summoned to grant some Christmas wishes.

When asked what item is topping his Christmas wish list for 2023, Curtis confessed he’d love to find some special concert tickets under the tree.

David M. Benett//Getty Images

Related: Why Richard Curtis decided to remake his own Christmas movie

Curtis made the admission while chatting exclusively with Digital Spy about the new movie, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Paapa Essiedu, and Alan Cumming.

He revealed that while there’s multiple planet-saving wishes he’d like to come true, he really wants to see Taylor Swift’s hit Era’s Tour.

“Never in the world before have we more wished for peace on Earth,” Curtis began. “I’m afraid that is the answer and I’m so interested in the climate crisis and hoping that somebody has the guts to do something about it.

“Personally, for me, I hope I can get two tickets to see Taylor Swift in June,” the filmmaker added.

paapa essiedu, jordyn mcintosh, genie

Universal Pictures/Peacock

Related: How to watch Richard Curtis’s new Christmas movie Genie

Genie actor Pappa Essiedu also shared his own festive wish, revealing it revolves around Christmas day itself.

“I always wish that that bit in between after Christmas dinner and when everyone’s too tired and goes to bed gets extended more,” he enthused. “After Christmas dinner, you fall asleep and then you wake up in a daze for the rest of [the day].

“I just want to preserve that time period, whatever you’re doing – playing games, watching movies – for that to be as long as possible.”

melissa mccarthy and paapa essiedu are seen on the set of bernard and the genie

Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin//Getty Images

Related: Richard Curtis had to get permission for Genie‘s Tom Cruise joke

Previously sharing his excitement for Genie’s release, Curtis insisted the new film stands out from his previous Christmas project.

“This is so different from Love Actually,” he remarked. “I didn’t worry about any comparison.”

Genie is available in the UK on Sky Cinema and in the US on Peacock. Richard Curtis’s Christmas Actually show will also be at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall this December.

January 2024 gift ideas and deals
Headshot of Emma Tinson

Acting News Editor, Digital Spy
Emma is an experienced entertainment news journalist with NCTJ accreditation and a First-Class Honours Degree in Journalism. Having started her career as a broadcast journalist, Emma’s voice has been heard on varying radio stations across the UK including Absolute, Magic, BBC Three Counties Radio, LBC London News and more.  
Later specialising in multimedia entertainment news, Emma has brushed shoulders with numerous famous faces and interviewed the likes of Edward Norton, Margot Robbie, Sir Michael Palin, Rick Astley, and too many soap stars to count. Having produced a range of engaging news content over the years for brands such as 7Digital’s Entertainment News, Yahoo, and Express Online, Emma eventually joined Digital Spy in 2022 as Deputy News Editor.  While she’s gained lots of praise during celebrity interviews throughout her career, the most memorable compliment Emma’s ever received was when a Game of Thrones star remarked “Your teeth are stunning!”.


Headshot of Ian Sandwell

Movies Editor, Digital Spy 

Ian has more than 10 years of movies journalism experience as a writer and editor.  Starting out as an intern at trade bible Screen International, he was promoted to report and analyse UK box-office results, as well as carving his own niche with horror movies, attending genre festivals around the world.   After moving to Digital Spy, initially as a TV writer, he was nominated for New Digital Talent of the Year at the PPA Digital Awards.   He became Movies Editor in 2019, in which role he has interviewed 100s of stars, including Chris Hemsworth, Florence Pugh, Keanu Reeves, Idris Elba and Olivia Colman, become a human encyclopedia for Marvel and appeared as an expert guest on BBC News and on-stage at MCM Comic-Con. Where he can, he continues to push his horror agenda – whether his editor likes it or not.