Colin Firth Knew Nothing About King George VI Before The King’s Speech
British actor Colin Firth received high praises for portraying the role of King George VI in his latest flick The King's Speech however, the actor admits that he was clueless about the royal before filming the movie.
Firth who is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding performance in the movie also added that his lack of knowledge is the result of his disinterest in British history.
"I knew nothing about it. I knew that he existed. I knew about the abdication crisis that led to him becoming king, but I wasn`t even quite sure whether he was George V or George VI. I remember my mother telling me that she had great sympathy for him because of the stammer. I knew he died relatively young and that the Queen came to the throne very young," he said.
"We all know that because that was 1952 and she`s still here. I couldn`t have told you the date that it all happened. I don`t think I even knew that our Queen Mother was his wife. I should have - I mean it made sense - but I`m not a royal watcher."
"Anything that felt like Establishment or authority was not my friend as a kid. The monarchy simply had no interest for me. It`s just some people are royal watchers. Some people love it. I`m not one of those people. I`m not that kind of patriot at all," he added.
The King's Speech is a British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper. The film won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award.