Colin Firth loses ‘Speech’ on ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ (video) — Perhaps the favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor this year, Colin Firth appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight Thursday night. Ironically, the day the interview was taped, Mr. Firth, who plays stuttering King George VI in The King’s Speech, had laryngitis which affected his own ability to speak on the program.
While he announced his condition early on in the interview, audiences had little trouble hearing or understanding Mr. Firth’s answers to Piers Morgan’s questions. Later in the show, the two Brits were joined via satellite from Australia and London respectively by his King’s Speech co-stars, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.
The interview was taped several weeks ago and was originally scheduled to air before the Academy Award nominations were announced. The uprising in Egypt pre-empted several planned subsequent airings of the show. With Oscar season in full swing, however, the show was still timely.
Mr. Firth talked about the role. Asked if it has become the favorite of his career, he said that last year’s A Single Man would have to be a very close second. Both that role and this one mark a shift away in his career from playing in several British period pieces, such as his well-known role as Darcy in the adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.
Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush have what is said to be a “bro-mance” both in the story of The King’s Speech between the king and his speech therapist and in their working relationship on the set. Helena Bonham Carter joked that they hardly ever stopped talking. She said Mr. Firth barely noticed her unless Mr. Rush was not there. She wished she’d had more scenes with Mr. Rush, but she said they only worked together on the first day.
Asked if he is a monarchist, Mr. Firth appeared to search for a diplomatic answer. He plays a king, after all. For his part, Aussie Geoffrey Rush said that Australia should “cut the apron strings” from the monarchy, but he appreciated the history of the royal system and the stories that system has given the world.
“We wouldn’t have Shakespeare” without the royals, Colin Firth agreed. However, he admitted “I like voting.”
Colin Firth, who has since won Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA Awards for Best Actor for his role in The King’s Speech, would not allow himself to comment on what it would mean to him to win the Oscar. Even so, his co-stars, who are also nominated in their supporting actor and actress categories, seemed to think he would win.
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