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Sunday 26 October 2014

Firth 'doesn't want to upset Queen'

Colin Firth plays the lead in The King's Speech

Colin Firth doesn't want to upset the Queen with his role in The King's Speech - because he's after a knighthood, the film's director has joked.

Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, filmmaker Tom Hooper said he hopes the royal family will approve of the movie in which Colin portrays a stammering King George VI.

"I would hate the idea that in any sense she was upset with any aspect of the representation. I think to be honest we came to the subject with an open mind and I think both Colin and I rather fell for him. I think you can see that love for the character in the movie," he said.

Tom joked that Colin had ulterior motives for not wanting to upset our current monarch.

"Can I just say the one word in relation to Colin - knighthood - he was protecting himself!" he teased.

Colin has been winning critical praise for his performance as King George, who was reluctantly pushed on to the throne after the 1936 abdication crisis.

"I hope they will watch it but I suspect with the Queen we'll never know because that's probably the way the palace works," he said.

Colin insisted the film shows how much love the king had for his children.

"If you look at Bertie's parents, the difference they are with him and the way he is with his daughters could not be more extreme. There was not a lot of parental love for Bertie, Queen Mary comes across as a piece of granite, but every picture you see of George VI with his children it's tactile," he insisted.

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