His Highness talk pretty one day: The King's Speech at The Toronto Film Festival

Colin Firth’s new role as George VI in The King’s Speech is already being touted for Oscar nomination after receiving applause at The Toronto Film Festival on Saturday.

Colin Firth as George VI in The King's Speech

This is surely good news for Firth, whose performance as Professor George Falconer in A Single Man narrowly missed out on the Best Actor Oscar to Jeff Bridges role in Crazy Heart at this year’s Academy Awards.

Although Firth plays a king in the movie, the speech in question is not a long, tedious formal monologue, but the actual act of speaking  – George VI had a stutter.

The film covers some of the territory that Madonna is dealing with in her current movie about the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, W.E.

Madonna’s film looks at ‘the love story of the century’ (or one of them, at least). Edward had fallen in love with an American divorcee, which was very much frowned on by the British Establishment. He faced the grim choice of either remaining king and giving up the woman he loved, or abdicating in order to marry her.

Edward abdicates and his brother George is made king. The trouble is, George hasn’t been groomed for the role and is not particularly keen on it. The matter is made more complex by his speech impediment.

Luckily, help is at hand in the form of Lionel Logue, an eccentric Shakespeare-quoting Australian speech therapist played by the ever-excellent Geoffrey Rush.

Logue helps the King with his coronation speeches, and more importantly, his rousing speeches during the Second World War. The two men become friends along the way.

Are we ready for a ‘royal bro-mance’?

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