“The King’s Speech” is sitting pretty as we approach Oscar night, with Tom Hooper taking home a Directors Guild Award on Saturday (Jan. 29), and Colin Firth nabbing “Best Actor” honors at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Amidst the film’s campaign for an Academy Award, comes rumors that executive producer and distributor Harvey Weinstein may order the film to be re-cut for a PG-13 rating.
One person not a fan of the idea is Geoffrey Rush, who plays Lionel Logue, the unorthodox speech therapist enlisted to help King George VI control his stammer.
“I just think it’s a shame considering that it’s all in the context of therapeutic play,” Rush tells The Hollywood Reporter. “You’re going to cut one of the key thrills of the film.”
The scene in danger of being cut involves Rush’s character encouraging King George VI (Firth) to let out a string of curse words as part of his speech therapy.
“It’s almost like a tongue-twister,” the actor says. “It’s gobbledygook. But it’s not aggressive, it’s not offensive. It’s not harmful.”
“They should just ‘bleep it,'” he suggests, in lieu of cutting the scene entirely.
Do you think Weinstein should edit the film to reach a wider audience? Or is “The King’s Speech” perfect the way it is?