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Geoffrey Rush calls possible ‘King’s Speech’ edits “a shame”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At least one member of the “King’s Speech” ensemble has weighed in regarding Harvey Weinstein’s stated plan to edit Tom Hooper’s film to attain an audience-friendly PG-13 rating … and he’s none too pleased.

“I just think it’s a shame considering that it’s all in the context of therapeutic play,” Geoffrey Rush told The Hollywood Reporter following last night’s SAG ceremony.

Rush plays Lionel Logue, the speech therapist who counsels Colin Firth’s stuttering King George VI.

“It’s almost like a tongue-twister,” said Rush. “It’s gobbledygook. But it’s not aggressive, it’s not offensive. It’s not harmful.”

While voicing his opinion, Rush went on to contradict critics who say “Speech” distorts history by omitting crucial details, most pertaining to Edward VII’s (Guy Pearce) Nazi sympathies and Winston Churchill’s (Timothy Spall) support of Pearce’s character even after he abdicated the throne.

“There were more scenes in the longer version of the film…that delved a little bit more complexly with Churchill,” said Rush. “But, ultimately, to tell a two-hour story, there’s a certain movement and momentum. The heart of the story needed to revolve around the key players of the royal family and the relationship between King George VI and Logue.”

Clearly it worked. “The King’s Speech” won Best Ensemble at SAG last night, and leads all film in the Oscar race with 12 nominations.

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