“My game, my castle, my rules,” insists the Australian. Stomping out at first, even when he returns, he’s often grudging and sullen. Logue’s belief that stammering has psychological as well as physical causes seems, in some measure, to be borne out by Albert’s revelation that he was left-handed as a boy but had been forced into becoming a right-hander.When he was young he’d also had to wear metal splints for his knock knees.Rather, Albert is prone to self-pity, to lashing out, and to snobbish disdain.When he cries, “I’m a naval officer, not a king”, the effect is as resonant as Eliot’s Prufrock lamenting: “I should have been a pair of ragged claws/Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.” READ: Glory for the King's Speech at the 2011 Oscars Hopefully, Firth’s excellence – and Rush’s, too; his Logue has a touch of the spiv, but also rueful eyes that have never forgotten the shell-shocked soldiers he treated when he first arrived in Europe – won’t obscure the film’s compelling portrait of the evolution of sound in 20th-century Britain.The chap in need of help is Albert, Duke of York (Colin Firth).For as long as anyone can remember he’s had difficulties enunciating.Crowned as Edward VIII, he’s clearly unsuitable to be head of state; partly because he wishes to marry Wallis Simpson (Eve Best), and partly because he’s happy to turn Balmoral into Charleston, allowing revellers to whoop it up to jazz and rhythm-and-blues music.This clears the stage for the film’s biggest set-piece: the moment when Albert, now King George VI, has to step up to the microphone and tell the nation that it’s at war with Germany. Opting to go for Oscar glory, to create as rousing a strength-through-adversity momentum as he can, he swamps Albert’s words with orchestral music.
He never tries to soften his character or to make him a mere object of pity.À deux reprises, il a failli obtenir un rôle dans un film de Christopher Nolan, après Memento.Il a fait partie des derniers candidats retenus pour incarner le justicier super-héros dans Batman Begins, l'épisode reboot dont Christopher Nolan venait d'être nommé réalisateur) de Tom Hooper. En 2012, il fait partie du film Des hommes sans loi, tenant le rôle de l'agent spécial Charlie Rakes s'opposant aux personnages de Shia La Beouf et Tom Hardy.He sinks to new sloughs of despond after he delivers a speech at the 1925 British Empire Exhibition; it’s so nervous and jolting it can’t help but, to our ears, prefigure the end of empire. One comes from Down Under, the other is accustomed to looking down at people as they bow before him.In desperation, Albert and his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) seek help from an unlikely source: an unsuccessful Australian actor named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who is working in London as a speech therapist. The tension between them is at least as much temperamental as it is cultural or economic. He calls Albert “Bertie”, begins one of their sessions by asking him if he knows any jokes, insists – rather boldly – “In here, it’s better if we’re equals.” READ: The King's Speech - the real story This Gok Wan-like figure performs a reverse Pygmalion-ism by asking Albert to become less posh.Dans sa jeunesse, il a commencé sa carrière par plusieurs pièces de théâtre et est entré ensuite à la télévision pour jouer dans le feuilleton télévisé Les Voisins en 1985.