James Purefoy as George VI speaking to Brian Cox's Churchill in the eponymous movie. Like the recent TV movie, this film focuses more on the PM's struggles with depression than his heroic leadership, but there's really nothing I don't love about the King.
Because of the recent changes in LiveJournal, I'm going to back up this entire community to Dreamwidth (same name, since I'd staked it out years ago). If you have content here that you wish to keep only on LiveJournal, you should be able to log in using OpenID and delete any entries from Dreamwidth.
So that this isn't entirely an administrative post, here is an article about Queen Elizabeth feeding elephants
Netflix anyone? The first two episodes of The Crown
are as much about George VI as Elizabeth I; he's played by Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris, and the very first images of the series focus on him. Image above is from the Telegraph
has an article; and GQ
has this delightful interview:
[T]hey shot The Crown at Elstree—which is where they shot The King's Speech. And there was this massive, massive 60-foot poster of that movie, with a 40-foot image of Colin Firth as King George VI. I would walk past him every single day, and he'd be looking down on me. In the beginning, I resented it and, being half Irish, took it personally and thought they'd done it on purpose." It was only later that Harris found an unexpected point of connection with Firth: Neither man even remotely resembles the actual George VI. "I remember walking past that poster and going, 'You know what? He doesn't look anything like him either. And that didn't bother anybody! It doesn't matter! It's fine!' It's interpretation, not impersonation, you know?" Harris points out with a laugh. "So thank you, Colin."
Hi Folks. Is it very quiet here because we've all moved to Tumblr?
Just in case anyone has not, I figured I would make note here that there's some King's Speech/Imitation Game crossover fan art
there (some slashy)
, which might
be of interest
, especially if you're a fan
of Colin Firth and Mark Strong
's ever-growing body
of collaborative work
Also there are lots of young people
who have only just discovered the existence of Colin Firth
because of Kingsman
, which is just great fun to watch
. Plus there's the genderswapped The Queen's Speech
. (I'd cast Olivia Colman, not Emma Thompson, but it's still a fun concept.) Hope everyone is well!
...has a great many virtues (I'm not even a Sherlock fan and I thought Cumberbatch was phenomenal, as well as Knightley, Goode, and really the entire cast), but I thought I should mention that excerpts from the King's speech -- the real one -- can be heard during the opening minutes of the movie. *mwah* Merry Christmas!
Long time no post. Hope everyone is well! I know there's little traffic here these days, but I check the king's speech tag at Tumblr and there are often stills and manips there, if no fic. I thought these