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Saturday 27 December 2014

Bettany was writer's initial choice

The King's Speech screenwriter envisaged Paul Bettany in the role
The King's Speech screenwriter envisaged Paul Bettany in the role

Colin Firth has already scooped a string of awards for his portrayal of the stammering George VI in The King's Speech, but it's now been revealed that he was not the screenwriter's first choice for the role.

Hugh Grant was initially offered the part by director Tom Hooper, but reportedly turned it down, and now screenwriter David Seidler has revealed to the Daily Telegraph that he wanted A Beautiful Mind actor Paul Bettany to play the king.

David said: "When I initially wrote the screenplay, I immediately had Geoffrey Rush in mind for [speech therapist] Lionel Logue, but I thought Paul Bettany would be the actor to play the king.

But he added: "I was lucky that it was decided the role would go to Colin. As soon as he read for it, I knew he was perfect."

Colin has already won a best actor Golden Globe for the part and is tipped to scoop an Oscar for his on-screen performance as well.

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