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.
  • 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 Nationality:
    • 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 Australian: 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.
  • 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.