Long live the King — and long live Colin Firth’s incredible performance as King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’
In a year full of acting performances brimming with pyrotechnic technique — Natalie Portman in Black Swan, Christian Bale in The Fighter — it’s good to know that the leading man of awards season is, and should be, Colin Firth.
And the subtlety, intellectual finesse, and wit with which Firth mastered the role of the stammer-infected (and reluctant) King George VI was fully on display at a private luncheon in New York given by the Peggy Siegal Company last week. Speaking with the director Tom Hooper, Firth revealed that his incredible rapport with co-star Geoffrey Rush came not necessarily from intensive training, but from some late nights on the town, when the pair were promoting Shakespeare in Love back in 1999.
Yet, the actor clearly dove into the historicity of King George’s personal saga, as he revealed, through never-before-read communications between the monarch and his speech coach Lionel Logue, Rush’s character.
And the result, regardless of the preparation, was seamless and unaffected in a way that makes so much of the often me-first acting that wins awards seem brusque by comparison.
Firth is no doubt going to win his first Oscar — and for that we’re royally grateful.