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Saturday 16 December 2017

'King's Speech' to be censored for US

Colin Firth: star of 'The King's Speech'
Colin Firth: star of 'The King's Speech'

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD is considering censoring 'The King's Speech', the British film nominated for 12 Oscars, in order to remove coarse language for US audiences.

It is part of a plan to broaden the appeal of the movie in America, where it has been given a 'Restricted' rating, which means anyone under 17 wanting to see it has to be accompanied by an adult.

The R rating was made because George VI, played by Colin Firth, is shown swearing as he tries to overcome his stammer.

The film was given a '12' rating in Britain where it has grossed £19m (€22m) in less than three weeks.

It has made nearly £38m (€44m) in America, where it was released earlier. But Hollywood executives now want to capitalise on the Oscar nominations.

Harvey Weinstein, whose studio The Weinstein Company released the movie, said: "The British numbers are huge because the rating lets families see the movie together."

The number of cinemas in which the film is being shown in America is being doubled to more than 3,000 after the Oscar nomination. Any new version of the film with sanitised dialogue would not be ready for US screening until after the Oscars ceremony, which takes place on February 27. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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