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Firth wants US film rating changed

Colin Firth thinks a US rating of R for The King's Speech is a bit harsh
Colin Firth thinks a US rating of R for The King's Speech is a bit harsh

Colin Firth still hopes the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will change their minds on The King's Speech's rating.

The period drama, which stars the English actor as the stammering King George VI, has been slapped with an adult R rating in the US for featuring swearwords - it has a 12A rating in the UK.

"It doesn't look terribly likely at the moment - it's not a non-issue and I think it would be good for the MPAA and the film if they reconsidered," he said.

The King's Speech, which also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth and Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue, reigned supreme at the Moet British Independent Film Awards in London after winning five gongs, and Colin hopes the MPAA will take note.

"I haven't heard one single conflicting voice on that subject now. Everybody who has seen that film feels the same way and they probably feel like they are in a corner," he continued.

Director Tom Hooper described the MPAA's move as "crazy".

"I've talked about this with American audiences and almost always, when I talk about the injustice of the way they treat language as opposed to violence, I get rounds of applause," he revealed.

"It does seem to be something that passionately upsets people in America - how permissive violence is in American cinema, and the use of the F-word in a few therapeutic comic contexts as we have in our film slaps it with an R. It's kind of crazy."

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