Monday, November 29, 2010

Colin Firth on 'The King's Speech'

Love this shot of a determined King George VI (Colin Firth) about to deliver a radio address to the nation during war.

Everything I've seen from 'The King's Speech' (not counting posters) has been a pleasure.

Here's NPR's Robert Siegel with Firth:

A grim string of events informed King George VI's stammer. His family forced him to become right-handed. His nanny starved him and regularly drove him to tears, for reasons of her own. By the time we meet the future king of England in Tom Hooper's film The King's Speech, the phrase "tightly wound" doesn't quite do his personality justice. A tense and guarded man, he comes off as distinctly unhappy.


"David Seidler, our writer, is someone who battled with a stammer for much of his life," Firth tells NPR's Robert Siegel, "and he described it as something which really is all-consuming. It's not just an inconvenience that you can isolate; he said it became the be-all and end-all of everything.

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