The King's Speech Director, Tom Hooper, Hasn't Seen PG-13 Version
02.28.11 by Ryan
An edited version of Oscar-winning historical drama The King's Speech was first reported to be in the making, with director Tom Hooper responding by saying that he won't re-edit the movie to excise the f-bombs spoken by the movie's protagonist, played by Colin Firth. Executive producer Harvey Weinstein moved forward with creating a more family-friendly rating, with the LA Times reporting that, prior to the Academy Awards ceremony over the weekend, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) approved a PG-13 rating for a version of the movie where the foul language had been muted.
After the Oscars, Hooper, who won Best Director honors, was asked by THR what he thought of the PG-13 version. "I haven't seen it yet," replied the director, who reportedly will watch it today.
Firth, who wasn't prevented from winning a Best Actor Oscar by the offending language, may skip the screening. In a separate THR report, Firth admitted: "I don't support it," referring to the muted version.
It serves a purpose. I'm not someone who's casual about that kind of language. I take my children to football [soccer] games. I hate hearing that kind of language in their ears, but I won't deny them the experience of a live game. But in the context of the film, it couldn't be more edifying, more appropriate. It's not vicious or insulting. It's not in the context that might offend. I still haven't met the person who'd object to it. I am against it.
Weinstein's reasoning for the edited speech was so that more families could enjoy the movie. "The British [box office] numbers are huge because the rating lets families see the movie together," said Weinstein last month. So far, The King's Speech has earned $114 million in the U.S. alone, almost equalizing the $131 million the movie has earned overseas. While Weinstein didn't comment on the latest version, the producer did tell Deadline that The King's Speech's plentiful Oscar haul was "great for my company."
I am on Cloud 9. I am so excited to see Colin [Firth] here. We've done 10 films in 20 years together... This win is so special because, after the Golden Globes, we were left for dead. We had lost all the critics award, every single one. But we stayed the course and that was key... It is great for my company. It has attracted many films and all kinds of new financing opportunities.