When a film deals with real characters, it’s always fun to compare the actors with the people they portrayed. The Hollywood Reporter dug up photos of the stars of “The King’s Speech” and it’s evident the actors weren’t cast with much regard for for their looks – Colin Firth bears scant resemblance to King George VI, Geoffrey Rush isn’t nearly as handsome as speech therapist Lionel Logue, but Helena Bonham Carter DOES manage to look a little like Queen Elizabeth.


Posted by Janet on February 22, 2011

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  1. By Muffin Top!!
    On February 22, 2011 at

    This is funny. It reminds me of the cast of The Perfect Storm vs the real people. I still laugh when I think about it. Hollywood casting agents definitely did these people a favor by casting such fine looking actors for their roles. I hate to dis deceased people but……

  2. By Reta
    On February 22, 2011 at

    This is one of my pet peeves about movies about REAL people. Is Hollywood so stupid to think the public wouldn’t go see a movie if the stars/main charactors didn’t look like the real people easily identified? This just pisses me off no end. There are plenty enough good actors out there who would love to catch a break and get a big movie, but the powers that be keep doing these DUMB things and expecting the public to be stupid enough not to notice. WE NOTICE! KNOCK IT OFF! Or just don’t make them if you have to be so blatently all about the pretty faces!

  3. By Irony
    On February 22, 2011 at

    Poor Geoffrey—with that baked potato where his nose should be.

  4. By Irony
    On February 22, 2011 at

    Oh, and the originally announced cast—with Eddie Murphy as King and Tyler Perry as Queen—would have been edgier.

  5. By uncle bill
    On February 22, 2011 at

    old fashioned americans still think this way.

  6. By cal
    On February 22, 2011 at

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  7. By georgie
    On February 23, 2011 at

    That was interesting. Thanks Janet.

  8. By Joanie
    On February 23, 2011 at

    It doesn’t matter! The real people were wonderful — the King and Queen were heroic during WWII — and the actors are amazing. I’m looking forward to a big night for The King’s Speech at the Oscars.

  9. By British Teeth
    On February 23, 2011 at

    Heroes, I agree—both the King and Queen resorted to wiping their own arses for nearly the entire duration of the war.

  10. By Denise
    On February 23, 2011 at

    Thanks for the info cal, a terrible thing that happened there.

    Interesting article Janet. I agree with Reta to a certain extent, but you can’t argue with the fact that in the case of the King’s Speech, they obviously went for and got, the talent.

  11. By Patrick
    On February 23, 2011 at

    Everybody’s in showbiz, and everybody’s a star.
    And everybody’s in movies it doesn’t matter who you are.
    There are stars in every city on every street and in every house.
    And if you walk down Hollywood Blvd, the names are written in concrete.
    You are a star Reta.
    Penis. Big black ones. Sure, sure.

  12. By Reta
    On February 23, 2011 at

    Patrick, you disappoint. You had the beginnings of a good poem there in your first two lines, but then you blew it in the last two.

    As for penis, as you refer to “them” in the plural sense, and after snidely telling me I am “a star” that may be a welcome deformity to a lot of ladies, but not to me. I’m strickly a one man woman, and MY man has plenty of EVERYTHING to make me happy, not just man parts. Surprised to find you being so shallow, but then, I shouldn’t be, should I?


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