So Colin Firth has finished filming 'The King's Speech' and is off to the Golden Globes where he's nominated for Best Actor for 'A Single Man'.
Thanks to Vic at Jane Austen Today for pointing out this article in The Daily Mail!
I was struck by Firth's description of King George:
It never occurred to me the enormity of what he was up against. Not only was he not groomed for it (the throne); he came from a family which can only be described as dysfunctional. He had harsh schooling, he was very lonely, his parents were distant and remote. He was beaten for being lefthanded. And he stammered.
'His brother was famously very charming and Bertie was considered the dull-witted one with little charisma.'
'It must have been utterly overwhelming. Whatever one feels about the monarchy, I found there to be something very much to be admired about this man as an individual. There's something heroic about the fact that he took on his worst fear.