Emma Thompson reveals the late George Michael gave his blessing for her now widely-panned Last Christmas movie based on his festive hit

She stars in the new festive flick Last Christmas, based on George Michael's famous track. 

And Emma Thompson has revealed that George Michael gave his blessing for the film and was 'so pleased' it was happening during Monday's instalment of Lorraine.

The much-loved actress, 60, gushed over the singer and said he 'wanted to be part of it' as she discussed the now widely-panned new film which stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.

Today Dame Emma Thompson revealed she and her family are marking 'Wokesmas', telling ITV: 'This year we're going to have a sustainable Christmas.'

Blessing: Emma Thompson reveals George Michael was 'so pleased' she was writing a film about his famous hit as star discusses her new Last Christmas movie

Cutting a chic figure in a white and black polka dot blouse, Emma discussed her meeting with George which occurred two years before his tragic death.   

'He was so nice to meet. We’re both North Londoners you see,' she explained.

'And he was very unexpected and very touching. Very sort of humble and so pleased. He was so pleased that we were writing a film based on his song.'

Emma also touched on the sadness of George's passing before he had the chance to see the film come to life.  

Chat: The actress, 60, gushed over the singer and said he 'wanted to be part of it' as she discussed the now widely-panned new film which stars Emilia Clarke (left) and Henry Golding

Chat: The actress, 60, gushed over the singer and said he 'wanted to be part of it' as she discussed the now widely-panned new film which stars Emilia Clarke (left) and Henry Golding

She continued: 'He wanted to be part of it and so I suppose, today which is the day which is all just starting here, I sort of can feel him about the place, it’s very spooky because he was so present with us. 

'It was such a tragedy, 2016, just such a tragedy. It was a loss to all of us! . He was meant to be there at the premiere tonight.'

Emma previously spoke about coming face-to-face with the late music legend during an appearance alongside husband Greg Wise, 53, on The Late Show with Seth Myers last month.

Interview: Cutting a chic figure in a white and black polka dot blouse, Emma discussed her meeting with George which occurred two years before his tragic death

Interview: Cutting a chic figure in a white and black polka dot blouse, Emma discussed her meeting with George which occurred two years before his tragic death

Lovely: 'He was very unexpected and very touching. Very sort of humble and so pleased. He was so pleased that we were writing a film based on his song'

Lovely: 'He was very unexpected and very touching. Very sort of humble and so pleased. He was so pleased that we were writing a film based on his song'

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During her chat with the talk show host, Emma said: 'I met George Micheal about it [movie Last Christmas] two years before he died and what a lovely guy.'

Seth said that he regretted not appreciating how much 'depth' there was to 'lovely' George until after he had died as he'd always seen him through a pop culture prism.

Love Actually star Emma agreed and replied: 'He was an extraordinary man, really on the search all his life on for an authentic way of being as he hadn't come out for a long long time and that was really hard.

'And his move from that Wham! music to Listen Without Prejudice, which I think is one of the best albums of all time, and I hadn't realised how pertinent his lyrics, poetry and music were to the movie until like that late arrival you just described.

Pleased: 'He wanted to be part of it and so I suppose, today which is the day which is all just starting here, I sort of can feel him about the place, it’s very spooky'

Pleased: 'He wanted to be part of it and so I suppose, today which is the day which is all just starting here, I sort of can feel him about the place, it’s very spooky'

Tribute: 'It was such a tragedy, 2016, just such a tragedy. It was a loss to all of us! . He was meant to be there at the premiere tonight'

Tribute: 'It was such a tragedy, 2016, just such a tragedy. It was a loss to all of us! . He was meant to be there at the premiere tonight'

Inspiration: Emma previously spoke about coming face-to-face with the late music legend during an appearance alongside husband Greg Wise, 53, on The Late Show with Seth Myers

Inspiration: Emma previously spoke about coming face-to-face with the late music legend during an appearance alongside husband Greg Wise, 53, on The Late Show with Seth Myers

'And I realised "wow this guy is really deep and profound" and had very very great things to say about what it is to be human and how difficult and complicated it is.'

Despite being based on such a well-loved song, Last Christmas was widely panned by critics, with the film slammed for its inability to cement itself as a classic Christmas movie, with others dubbing it a 'clunky, charmless disappointment.'

Assessment of the movie, which even boasts new music from late singer George, proved to be so negative that others couldn't fathom what the Wham! frontman 'had done to deserve this' 

In the film, written by Emma and her  husband Greg, Emilia Clarke's character Kate, who has often been unlucky, finds work as a Santa's elf for a department store and unexpectedly finds love with Tom, played by Henry Golding.

Gushing: 'He was an extraordinary man, really on the search all his life on for an authentic way of being as he hadn't come out for a long long time and that was really hard'

Gushing: 'He was an extraordinary man, really on the search all his life on for an authentic way of being as he hadn't come out for a long long time and that was really hard'

Chilly: Emma wrapped up in a tan mac coat as she left the studios following an interview with Lorraine
Lovely: The actress looked very chic in her stylish coat

Chilly: Emma wrapped up in a tan mac coat as she left the studios following an interview with Lorraine

High spirits: The star appeared in a very chipper mood as she stepped out into the cold following her onscreen chat

High spirits: The star appeared in a very chipper mood as she stepped out into the cold following her onscreen chat

However, the movie's merry message left a sour taste in the mouth of many.

Giving the movie a measly two stars, The Guardian branded Last Christmas 'unintentionally funny and unintentionally creepy.'

'The combination of Michael’s music, a cosy festive aesthetic, picturesque London scenery and an irresistible fascination over what the plot morphs into does make Last Christmas sort of digestible in a half-watching-while-drunk-on-eggnog kind of way but this really is a clunky, charmless disappointment. Last Christmas is, or at least should be, cancelled.'

Meanwhile, Variety says: 'As much as we go into "Last Christmas" eager to see a nicely wrapped package of acerbic fun, the film falls short of that. It's not so much clever, toasty, and affectionate as it is the faux version of those things.

'Unintentionally funny and creepy': Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, has been widely panned by critics

'Unintentionally funny and creepy': Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, has been widely panned by critics

'The script feels like a rejected first draft with unfunny filler one-liners and a scrappy, ill-thought through narrative. It’s a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift that’s filled with rotten turkey leftovers.'

Another one star rating was given away by BBC, who raged: 'What did George Michael do to deserve this? Why should the singer-songwriter and former Wham! frontman be associated with a brutally unfunny and contrived romantic comedy when he’s no longer around to object?

'Its visuals are so twinkly and its sentiments are so mushy that some people will see it as a holiday treat. But it’s appropriate that Kate spends half the film wearing elf boots which curl up at the end, because Last Christmas really is toe-curling stuff.' 

Last Christmas hit cinemas on November 7 in the UK, and November 8 in the USA. 

'Clunky and charmless': The festive film, was slammed for its inability to cement itself as a classic Christmas movie

'Clunky and charmless': The festive film, was slammed for its inability to cement itself as a classic Christmas movie

Oh no! Assessment of the movie, which is inspired by the late George Michael, proved to be so negative that others couldn't fathom what the Wham! frontman 'had done to deserve this'

Oh no! Assessment of the movie, which is inspired by the late George Michael, proved to be so negative that others couldn't fathom what the Wham! frontman 'had done to deserve this'

Emma Thompson reveals George Michael was 'so pleased' she was writing a film about his famous hit

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