WATCH: 22-Minute Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘The King’s Speech’

Colin Firth with Helena Bonham Carter

If the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations are any indication, The King’s Speech will be the movie to beat come Oscar time. (Anglophenia film writer Leah Rozen called the film “a royal treat” and listed it among her top 5 British films of 2010.) Now we’re giving you a chance to watch a 22-minute behind-the-scenes look at the film, which tells the story of Britain’s King George VI (Colin Firth) struggling to overcome a stammer in the hopes of addressing his nation at the dawn of World War II.

The piece includes commentary from Firth; his co-stars Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, and Guy Pearce; director Tom Hooper; and screenwriter David Seidler. Pearce, who plays the abdicating King Edward VIII in the film, raves about his onscreen brother, Mr. Firth. “Colin’s just delightful, you know,” Pearce says. “He’s brilliant, he’s hilarious, he’s incredibly generous.”

“That’s the great thing about being an actor. It’s actually being in front of other actors while they do their stuff and kinda going, ‘Wow.’ It’s a thrill to share the screen with him.”

Colin Firth relays an brief but memorable story about Ms. Bonham Carter, who plays KIng George VI’s wife, the Queen Mother. “I got stuck in a lift with her the other day with the camera operator. If I had to choose someone to get stuck in a lift with, she comes fairly high on the list, because she’s amusing, attractive, and very small.”

Here’s the full 22-minute piece:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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