Potentially Colin Firth‘s toughest critic, Queen Elizatbeth II, has now viewed The King’s Speech and she likes it! She really, really likes it!
In The King’s Speech, Colin stars as King George VI, who has two young daughters. One of those daughters is now Queen Elizabeth II of England!
While Colin’s film, depicting Queen Elizabeth’s father’s trouble overcoming a stutter, has been well-received by critics, Her Royal Highness had yet to see it.
“The Weinstein Company (TWC) is honored to learn that Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, has enjoyed a private screening of The King’s Speech, as reported by Duncan Larcombe, Royal Editor, in today’s edition of The Sun,” TWC’s press release from today states (via Huffington Post). “The film, directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler, tells the story of Her Majesty’s father, King George VI, as he struggles to overcome a crippling speech impediment while grappling with his sudden, unexpected ascension to throne and the mounting danger of Nazi Germany. The King’s Speech stars Colin Firth as King George VI, Geoffrey Rush as the King’s speech therapist, Lionel Logue, and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.”
“Screenwriter David Seidler said, ‘To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly. When, thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved. Now this story has been written and filmed with a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for Her Majesty’s father. That Her Majesty has responded favorably to this, is wonderfully gratifying.’ ”
“Said Harvey Weinstein, TWC co-Chairman and executive producer of The King’s Speech, ‘On behalf of the director Tom Hooper; the producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and our entire ensemble cast: we are deeply honored and humbled by Her Majesty’s appreciation of the film. It was a labor of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed.’ ”
Now Colin can really say The King’s Speech got a “royal flush!”