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Trivia / The King's Speech

  • All-Star Cast: In addition to the aforementioned Firth, Rush, and Bonham Carter, there are supporting roles played by Sir Derek Jacobi, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, and Sir Michael Gambon.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Derek Jacobi's (Cosmo Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury) presence has got to be a Shout-Out to I, Claudius, which is about another stuttering monarch who succeeded to the throne unexpectedly, and it might also allude to him being Brother Cadfael.
    • Myrtle Logue is played by Jennifer Ehle, who was Firth's love interest in the series that made him a heartthrob. Although this movie only gives her and Firth a single scene together, they make a big deal out of it.
    • And then there's David Bamber's blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance as the amateur dramatics director who rejects Logue. David Bamber is probably best known for playing Cicero on Rome, yet another statesman with a speech impediment. He also appeared as creepy parson Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice with Firth and Ehle. And he additionally played Hitler in Valkyrie.
  • Dueling Movies: The filmcriticosphere tried to force it into this with The Social Network, both big-hitting, big-budget biopics trying to nab Oscars and pretty much the only two contenders for Best Picture. This went right into the actual Oscars ceremony: Social Network's synth version of "Hall of the Mountain King" was the music for the opening montage while the title speech was the backdrop of the Best Picture montage.
  • Fake American: Eve Best was born in London.
  • Fake Brit: The Australian Guy Pearce as Edward VIII. Although at the time, there was no separate Australian citizenship, Australia was merely a self governing part of the Empire.
  • Fake Nationality: Jennifer Ehle was born in North Carolina. (Yes, this means that we have an American playing an Australian, an Australian playing a Brit, and a Brit playing an American. The mind boggles...)
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill. He is usually known for playing repulsive villains such as Peter Pettigrew and the villainous sidekick in Enchanted.
      • Could be a form of Fridge Brilliance. Churchill was, especially because of his self-righteous defense of British imperialism in 1930s and other personal and political flaws, considered a repulsive villain by many of his contemporaries.
    • Helena Bonham-Carter has personally stated that she plays the crazy people well. The last time she was a queen, she yelled "Off with their heads" every five minutes. But as the Duchess of York, she's an eloquent, articulate, caring and supportive mother and wife.
  • Reality Subtext: The film's writer was himself a stutterer, who took great inspiration from listening to King George's radio addresses, with his parents assuring him the King once stuttered worse than him.
  • Shout-Out - Just a bit of one, in John Boorman's Hope And Glory. The family is listening to George VI give a speech on the radio and the father says "He's sounding better, isn't he."
  • What Could Have Been: Paul Bettany was the first choice to play King George VI, but turned it down.