The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
(“The King’s Speech”)
You mentioned in your acceptance speech: “I don’t know if this qualifies as gentle reassurance, but right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley-Davidson.” What kind of Harley-Davidson were you considering?
I know nothing about them. A nice chrome-y big one. Any one will do.
Did you really feel like you were having a mid-life crisis?
Yeah, it hit me when I was about 17, and I have it booked until I’m about 83. It’s a long haul, but this kind of thing [he holds up his Golden Globe] gets me through it.
British actors tend to win awards when they play British royals. Why do you think that is?
British actors playing British royals. It’s not a big stretch of the imagination to cast things that way, although I can imagine you could find all sorts of people who would be just as suited, quite frankly. This [my role in “The King’s Speech”] is a big stretch for me. I didn’t know very much about the character I played, really. I do know, but I didn’t when I took it on. I could’ve been from anywhere, really.
How do you feel about people saying that you’re going to win an Oscar for “The King’s Speech”?
I’m basically just about able to project myself to the end of this press conference, so I can’t really get any further from that in my mind.
You’ve played a lot of romantic roles. Did you think that you would get such acclaim for your role in “The King’s Speech,” and that a lot of people think that you’re sexy in this role?
No, I don’t think so. The “swoon factor” hasn’t been very big for this one. But I’ve got this [he holds up his Golden Globe], so I’m fine.
Are you excited about Prince William getting married?
I’m just sharing in this evening’s excitement at the moment. This evening’s excitement is all I’m capable of at the moment. I hope they’re very, very happy.
What was it like working with your “Pride and Prejudice” co-star Jennifer Ehle in “The King’s Speech”?
It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful. I hadn’t seen her for, I think, 15 years. And there she was on the set with her little baby. We had lots to talk about. It was a fabulous reunion.
In “The King’s Speech,” was the line with Jennifer Ehle “I think you’ve met” improvised?
No, no. People read things into this stuff, but it might have extra resonance for people who know their television history. It was just in the script.
What can you say about your “King’s Speech” co-star Geoffrey Rush?
He’s one of the great pleasures of my life. Basically, it’s a role that some people might say looks difficult, but when you’ve got Geoffrey in front of you, frankly, I just took a ride on his talent.
Someone who’s got that much energy and is that much fun to work with, it just keeps you buoyant. It keeps you hungry to keep doing it. It makes you want to go to work every day. It spoiled me. I want him with me every time I work now. It was quite heavenly, really.
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