The King's SpeechThe story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Director Tom Hooper
Main Cast: Colin Firth (King George VI), Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue), Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth), Derek Jacobi (Archbishop Cosmo Lang) and Robert Portal (Equerry)
Movie Trivia/Bloopers• An Australian (Guy Pearce) plays a Brit, a Briton (Eve Best) plays an American, and an American (Jennifer Ehle) plays an Australian.
• While preparing the film, the production knew that having some key cast would help the movie get made. They convinced someone who lived near actor Geoffrey Rush to put the script in his letterbox, against industry practice. It included a note apologizing for the unsolicited delivery, and explained that they were desperate for him to know the script existed. Rush read the script and agreed to do the film.
• David Seidler stammered as a child, and heard George VI's wartime speech as a child. As an adult, he wrote the Queen Mother and asked for permission to use the King's story to create a film. The Queen Mother asked him not to during her lifetime, saying the memories were too painful. Seidler respected her request.
• Throughout the film, Lionel refuses to let Bertie smoke during their speech sessions, saying "sucking smoke into your lungs will kill you." Several years later, King George VI (Bertie) died from complications related to lung cancer on February 6, 1952 at age 56.
• The role of King George VI was written with Paul Bettany in mind. Bettany declined to spend more time with his family, and later admitted that he regretted his decision. Colin Firth was cast instead and received an Oscar for his performance.