Geoffrey Rush has revealed he was proud to play an Australian in an international film in The King's Speech.
The 59-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star plays King George VI's Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in the award-nominated film, based on a true story, and was delighted to be representing his home country in a non-stereotypical way on the big screen.
Geoffrey said: "I just love the idea of being able to play an Australian character in an internationally created film, because there aren't many, I don't think..."
He added jokingly he hoped he wasn't the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr's bad boy Australian actor character Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder.
"I don't know who he was basing it on, it certainly wasn't me," he said.
Geoffrey revealed once he had read the script he was keen to appear in the film, to tell the story of his character.
He said: "I phoned my LA agent and said 'look you know about the abdication Edward VIII and the ascension to the throne of a very reluctant king', I said, 'but this story has got the most wonderful, completely unknown to me, story of his Australian speech therapist, which I had no idea about'."
:: The King's Speech is released in cinemas on Friday, January 7.