The King’s Speech hit theaters in 2011, and it’s fair to say that the emotional biopic of how a stammering British monarch mastered his speech impediment left its mark on viewers from top to bottom.
The royal managed to overcome his debilitating stuttering by listening to music that helped him clear his mind and pronounce the words.
After a few difficult years, the royal managed to overcome his obstacle using this method and showed impressive improvement during his reign.
Many will remember his painful speech at the Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium in 1925 over the great improvement when he declared the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
Although the film was shot in the mid-1930s at the start of King George VI’s reign, the innovative techniques used by its Australian speech-language pathologist have continued to cure people of their stuttering to this day.
A notable moment this turned out to be the case when Mr Burton helped his ninth grade student Musharaf find his voice on Educating Yorkshire after watching the award winning film in 2012.
Now, more than ten years after the premiere of the BAFTA-winning blockbuster, the Daily Star has taken a peek to see where the stars are now.
Following the film’s theatrical release, Colin Firth received compliments for his portrayal of the former king.
But throughout the filming of the film, the dad-of-three confessed to having often sought advice from the screenwriter, David Seidler, who suffered from a profound stuttering as a child.
In a post-launch interview, the actor confessed that it was this advice that most helped him get the role.
Speaking at the time, he explained: “I had never read a royal biography before making this film.
“It wasn’t easy to research because the royal family won’t let you get that close, so we depend on written documents.
“The images of George VI were useful – not so much as a material to imitate, but because I saw something in the quality of the man. There is an unpretentious humanity and decency about him that I have tried to focus on.
“He was incredibly articulate about how it feels. He referred to a feeling of drowning – when you reach that terrible silence that you cannot get out of. This is something that I took with me.
Since his international success with the moving royal biopic, Colin has received numerous accolades for his fascinating performance as King George VI.
As the awards season approached in 2011, the 61-year-old actor won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, all for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Since then, the star has appeared in several other Hollywood blockbusters including Kingsman, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Mamma Mia! Here we go again.
The actor’s most recent blockbuster film was Operation Mincemeat, set during World War II, where he played the role of an intelligence officer to catch German troops unawares.
Helene Bonham Carter
In the critically acclaimed film, Helena played the role of Queen Elizabeth (the mother) who helped her royal husband heal his speech impediment before his congregation.
During her research on her character, the star revealed how the Queen has helped her husband throughout his reign.
Speaking to Vulture in 2010, Helena explained, “He was an expert public figure. She was born to play this role, but she also knew that Albert was not.
“She was also excellent at creating her own brand, the image she projected – the soft and charming cloud of haze, very present at that time, an Edwardian woman.
She added, “She played a kind of pretty low status, almost geishalike, with her head tilted to the side.
“But it was pure varnish and underneath, she totally disagreed, belied by her strength of character. She wore the pants in the relationship.
But that’s not the only royal the actress portrayed, as she went on to star as Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix series The Crown in 2020.
The popular television series fictionalized the life of Queen Elizabeth II and how she was cast into royal office at a young age.
In the popular TV series, the show covered many controversial moments in the British monarchy, including the tragic death of Prince Diana in 1997 as well as the overdose of Princess Margaret.
Geoffrey Rush starred as guest speech therapist Lionel Logue in the emotional biopic and it’s clear the star is linked to the role on a deeper level.
But as the award-winning actor discussed the landmark film with Interview Magazine, he confessed that he almost missed out on the role on the series.
In preparation for the film’s landing landing in theaters nationwide, the Australian actor has revealed how the script was mysteriously left on his doorstep in the heart of Melbourne.
He told the publication: “That brown paper bundle was on my doormat one day, and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s interesting. ”
“He lay there like an orphan… The attached letter read roughly: ‘Excuse the invasion, and for not following your agent’s protocol.
“‘But we desperately want you to know that this script exists, because there is a wonderful role that we would like you to consider.’ So I read it. “
Luckily, the actor loved the role and couldn’t wait to find himself in the historic role with open arms.
Since the film, the 70-year-old has starred in the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series through the beloved role of Captain Barbosa.
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