Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Firth: No need for swear-free film

Colin Firth thinks the swearing in the film is necessary
Colin Firth thinks the swearing in the film is necessary

Colin Firth has revealed he opposes plans to release an edited version of The King's Speech.

After winning the best actor Oscar for the title role in the British monarchy saga, Colin said he was against a version of the film which would alter a pivotal swearing scene.

"I don't take this stuff lightly, but in the context of this film, it could not be more edifying, more appropriate. It's not vicious, it's not an insult or it's not in any of the contexts which might offend people," Colin said.

The Weinstein Co., the film's distributor, has considered releasing a PG-13 version, which potentially could open it up to a wider audience. In the US, an R rating prohibits anyone younger than 17 from seeing a film without an adult.

The ratings board of the Motion Picture Association of America announced on Friday that an alternate version of The King's Speech had been assigned a PG-13 rating.

The R-rated version, which dominated the Oscars with a best-picture win and three other prizes, already is a 100 million US dollar hit.

The film stars Colin as stammering King George VI, whose angry swearing fit helps him momentarily overcome his speech problem.

"Really, it's about a man who's trying to free himself through the use of certain words," Colin said. "I still haven't met the person who would object, so I think the film should stand as it is."

After the ceremony, Colin stopped briefly to talk to media at the Vanity Fair party, telling BBC News: "A win is good. I can't give you more than that."

Asked if he ever doubted the appeal of the film, he said: "I doubted it profoundly. I thought it would appeal to a few people. I had no idea it would be so broad."

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