Oscar Winner Tom Hooper To See PG-13 Cut Of 'The King's Speech' Today

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 28, 2011 5:23 AM
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Harvey Weinstein Noticeably Goes Unmentioned In Acceptance Speech



Walking away from last night's Oscars with three big awards -- including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture -- the buzz around "The King's Speech" won't stop anytime soon, but some of that hype may be for an issue that continues to pit producer Harvey Weinstein against the film's director and the cast.

Last week it was revealed that a PG-13 cut of "The King's Speech" had been submitted and approved by the MPAA, but there is one little problem -- director Tom Hooper was never involved in that cut. "I haven't seen it yet," the director told The Hollywood Reporter at the Governor's Ball following the Oscars. No surprise there -- Hooper previously stated that he had no desire to edit or cut the film for a PG-13 rating.

Apparently, Hooper will get his first look at the the edited cut of the film today, one that reportedly mutes most of the f-bombs in the sequence that is the subject of so much scrutiny. While the Weinsteins would probably like to get Hooper's blessing before rolling out the film, considering it's already been manhandled without his input, it's probably more just a courtesy than anything else. And it also should be noted that Hooper didn't thank or mention Harvey during his acceptance speech Sunday night. And if Harvey wants the Best Actor winner to get behind the re-cut film too, he might want to think again on that one.

"I don't support it," Colin Firth said. "I think the film has its integrity as it stands."

"In the context of the film," Firth added, "it couldn't be more edifying, more appropriate. It's not vicious or insulting. It's not in the context that might offend."

No word yet on if or when the PG-13 version of "The King's Speech" will hit but the MPAA has already cleared the way for a quick release, granting the Weinsteins a waiver for the usual 90 day wait for a newly edited film, provided they mount a new campaign informing moviegoers that the film is a new edit.

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4 Comments

  • chris | February 28, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    It's not the prude sensibility of the MPAA, that I can at least respect as an argument. Most people want a heads up of what they're getting themselves into with a film. Fine.

    It's the bizarre rules that really speak to the insanity of this organization. Combine that with the executioner's authority of the NC-17, and you've got a devastating enemy of film.

  • Kate | February 28, 2011 6:10 AMReply

    Can I just say that you guys (or rather the MPAA) are crazy?

    Where I live that movie has the equivalent of a G-rating. Nobody gives a fuck about a little language. Jeez.

  • stealth | February 28, 2011 6:08 AMReply

    Actually the director and actor did thank Harvey. He came in to buy the US and take select countries... So unsure what you meant by this?

  • Complex | February 28, 2011 5:59 AMReply

    Why do I remember hearing the f-bomb WAY more than five times in this movie? Plus, a slew of “shit”, “balls”, “tits”, etc. Ah, here we go…

    King George VI: Well… bloody bugger to you, you beastly bastard.
    Lionel Logue: Oh, a public school prig could do better than that.
    King George VI: Shit. Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!
    Lionel Logue: Yes!
    King George VI: Shit!
    —–
    King George VI: Fuck. Fuck! Fuck, fuck, fuck and fuck! Fuck, fuck and bugger! Bugger, bugger, buggerty buggerty buggerty, fuck, fuck, arse!
    Lionel Logue: Yes…
    King George VI: Balls, balls…
    Lionel Logue: …you see, not a hesitation!
    King George VI: …fuckity, shit, shit, fuck and willy. Willy, shit and fuck and… tits.
    —–
    King George VI: In this grave hour fuck fuck fuck perhaps the most fateful in our history bugger shit shit.

    So… these school and church groups Weinstein says keep bugging him about making it PG-13 know they’re taking their kids to see that, sans three of those f-bombs? I’m cool with the cursing, especially in light of its context, but what’s with the arbitrary muting of three words and it’s magically OK? So weird.

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