Tom Hooper Will Not Cut The King's Speech For A PG-13 Rating

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-01-31 13:10:24discussion comments
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Last week I was - for lack of a better word - outraged when it was reported that Harvey Weinstein has intentions to censor The King's Speech in order to achieve a PG-13 rating. Without repeating myself too much, my rant included points about the film already making plenty of money at the box office, the ridiculous standards of the MPAA and how there isn't a single informed parent that wouldn't take their 13 year old to see the movie. Now director Tom Hooper has chimed in about the story and, surprise, surprise, he's none to happy about it either.

EW spoke with the director before the Directors Guild Awards this past Saturday (where he won the coveted top prize) and when asked about the possibility of editing his film. his answer was quite straightforward: "I wouldnít support cutting the film in any way." He did, however, offer another possible outcome to the whole situation, which would see the curse words in the film bleeped out, though no decisions have yet been made.

Also at the event was actress Helena Bonham Carter, who has received an Oscar nomination for her performance. When asked about the possibility of the film being censored, she responded as any normal, rational person would.
ďI donít think it needs to be cut down. I think every 13-year-old knows [the words], I think every 8-year-old [does]. Itís the whole point of it. Itís not to be offensive. I think they said they were going to put the bleeps. [The film] is not violent. Itís full of humanity and wit. [It's] for people not with just a speech impediment, but who have got confidence [doubts]. Everyone who has a sense of inadequacy, which is practically everyone.Ē

I don't know about you, but if I was in a movie theater and all of a sudden heard a bunch of bleeps, I'd ask for my money back. It's fine when it's done for comedic effect, a la Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but it would be absolutely ridiculous in a movie like The King's Speech. One would think that if the director and one of the film's Oscar nominated stars has a problem with the film being edited, that Harvey Weinstein would back off. Shame that's not the way the movie world works.
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