Director Tom Hooper Won't Re-Edit The King's Speech
Posted 02.01.11 by Ryan
Last week, the Weinstein Company revealed plans to re-edit their highly-lauded, Oscar-nominated historical drama The King's Speech, so that they could remove a few of the f-bombs uttered in Colin Firth's Golden Globe winning performance. Executive producer Harvey Weinstein expressed interest in receiving a more family-friendly rating and said he would work with director Tom Hooper in order to "find a unique way to do this that keeps his vision of the movie." Only Hooper isn't interested in re-editing the movie.
"I’m not going to cut the film," the director told Entertainment Weekly. "I wouldn’t support cutting the film in any way. I think we looked at whether it’s possible to bleep out the f—s and stuff, but I’m not going to actually cut that part."
The King's Speech tells the story of England's then-Prince Albert (Firth) and his struggle to overcome a speech impediment with the help of an Australian actor-speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush. The movie received an "R" rating for some foul language, though star Helena Bonham Carter agrees with Hooper that cutting the language is unnecessary.
I don’t think it needs to be cut down. I think every 13-year-old knows [the words], I think every 8-year-old [does]. It’s the whole point of it. It’s not to be offensive. I think they said they were going to put the bleeps. [The film] is not violent. It’s full of humanity and wit. [It's] for people not with just a speech impediment, but who have got confidence [doubts]. Everyone who has a sense of inadequacy, which is practically everyone.
Hooper claims that no decision has been made yet on the re-edit, which wouldn't be released until after the Oscars ceremony on February 27.