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.”