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Colin Firth does not agree with the new PG-13 cut of The King’s Speech.
“I don’t support it,” the best actor winner told The Hollywood Reporter backstage at the Oscars. “I think the film has its integrity as it stands.”
On Friday, the MPAA ratings board approved a new PG-13 cut of the film that mutes several utterances of the f-word. The new version of the film was submitted to the ratings board by distributor The Weinstein Co., which had opposed the film’s original R-rating because of the impact it might have on box office. King’s Speech has grossed $114.5 million domestically.
“It serves a purpose,” he says. “I’m not someone who’s casual about that kind of language. I take my children to football [soccer] games. I hate hearing that kind of language in their ears, but I won’t deny them the experience of a live game.
“But in the context of the film,” he goes on, “it couldn’t be more edifying, more appropriate. It’s not vicious or insulting. It’s not in the context that might offend.”
He doesn’t think King Georg VI, whom he played in the film, would object to it either.
“I still haven’t met the person who’d object to it,” he adds. “I am against it.”