Tom Hooper not cutting THE KING’S SPEECH?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 31st, 2011

While THE KING’S SPEECH continues to rack up numerous awards from various outlets and associations, as well as the title of Oscar frontrunner, Harvey Weinstein has made a splash that’s still feeling the waves rush on shore days after it was announced.

However, director Tom Hooper doesn’t feel like making good on the task at hand here.

For those who may not know, Weinstein has proposed a new, PG-13 cut of the beloved and genuinely fantastic period drama, which would make the film available to a much broader audience. Citing the great box office receipts from the UK, where the film received a 12 and under rating, Weinstein revealed last week that a cut was eminent.

Well, now, speaking with EW, the film’s director said that he “wouldn’t support cutting the film in any way. I think we looked at whether it’s possible to bleep out the f—s and stuff, but I’m not going to actually cut that part.” So instead of getting rid of the curses, they are going to make them laughably cartoonish by adding bleeps?

Personally, this all sounds like a rather big and unjust mess, as that very scene is one of the film’s most inherently important moments. I’m not going to spoil anything, so I won’t dig into too much, but those who have seen it will know just how kind of silly this is.  t’s such an important scene that either cutting it, or making it something it isn’t, would break that meaning down.

What do you think?

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  • Brian

    It’s a ridiculous argument, but we are talking about tens of millions of dollars on the line. They need to use this opportunity to show how it’s ridiculous that the F word is an automatic R, and get that changed instead.

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