KING’S SPEECH Director – “I wouldn’t support cutting the film in any way”

Last week, we told you about a plan that the Weinstein Company was mulling over to trim some of the salty language in their film The King’s Speech in order to re-release the film with a more box office friendly PG-13 rating.

Over the weekend Entertainment Weekly chatted with King’s Speech director Tom Hooper at the Directors Guild Awards and asked him about the mooted plans to trim  the film and the director had this to say –

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.

King’s Speech co-star Helena Bonham Carter had this to add-

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 did clarify that no final decision had been made as to whether the film will be edited or not. Hopefully, the film’s win at the DGAs and the Screen Actors Guild awards this weekend have given Hooper enough juice to keep a re-edit from happening.

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