British Stammering Association chief talks to Colin Firth about stuttering, ‘The King’s Speech’

Chief Executive of the British Stammering Association Norbert Lieckfeldt spoke with Colin Firth about stuttering and his portrayal of King George VI of England in The King’s Speech. Extensive and fascinating, their exchange is more a conversation between friends than an interview.

Some notable quotes from Firth:

“But my main concern really has been – if I’m concerned with what anybody ‘out there’ is thinking – is I’m very well aware that not many films have addressed this issue – except to make a mockery of it or to use it for comedy.”

“I am doing a double journey, I have to learn to stammer and then I have to play someone trying desperately not to.”

“There’s something terribly moving I think about a man who doesn’t know how brave he is.”

Read their conversation on the BSA website.

By |2017-02-19T06:27:03+00:00October 28th, 2010|Headlines, News in Stuttering|2 Comments


2 Comments

  1. Jane November 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    Colin Firth said ” “I am doing a double journey, I have to learn to stammer and then I have to play someone trying desperately not to.””

    AIS should interview him, find out how he learned to stutter and what he had to do to not stutter, and incorporate this into their program.

    They have everything else in their” tool box” why not add this?

    The only problem with this is that people have a problem remembering everything they learn at AIS, this will add to their work load ,but it might be important.

    Jane

  2. Jane November 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    Colin Firth said ” “I am doing a double journey, I have to learn to stammer and then I have to play someone trying desperately not to.”

    I think the clients of AIS could relate to the second part of his quotation.

    Why is AIS honoring the actor who played the King in the movie when they should be obviously honoring the people who produced the movie and decided to make it? He doesn’t stutter in real life.

    Answer: AIS always likes to have around famous actors whether it makes sense or not, it gives AIS an air of legitimacy and importance.

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