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Tom Hooper will not cut The King's Speech

01.31.2011

Tom Hooper, director of THE KING'S SPEECH is putting his foot down. “I’m not going to cut the film.”

He's not f*cking around.

Last week, Harvey Weinstein decided that the film could use a PG-13 rating to "make it as cool as the other movies people are seeing". Um, what?! Apparently the film wasn't getting the same amount of attention in his opinion as the rest of the films that were nominated for Academy Awards.

Hooper responded to this at Saturday's Directors Guild Awards, “I wouldn’t support cutting the film in any way. I think we looked at whether it’s possible to bleep out the f—s and stuff, but I’m not going to actually cut that part.” Helena Bonham Carter backed up her KING'S SPEECH director by saying this, “I don’t think it needs to be cut down. I think every 13-year-old knows [the words], I think every 8-year-old [does]. It’s the whole point of it. It’s not to be offensive. I think they said they were going to put the bleeps. [The film] is not violent. It’s full of humanity and wit. [It's] for people not with just a speech impediment, but who have got confidence [doubts]. Everyone who has a sense of inadequacy, which is practically everyone.”

Wait? Come again? Bleeps? Has anyone ever seen them play THE DEPARTED on TNT? OH THE HORROR!

Of course, Weinstein responded to this in an interview with Deadline. Here's what he had to say when Deadline told him that Hooper would not be cutting the word f*ck:

"Well, it hurt us. I think the movie could do even bigger box office than $100 million if we could free ourselves of the rating. The rating is really difficult. The movie is outdoing us in the UK for one simple reason: the rating in England got overturned to essentially a PG-13. Mom, Dad, and the kids are all going to see the movie in England just like True Grit, which is a PG-13 film. You're getting everybody seeing True Grit. I've got four daughters, and all four would never be caught dead at a Western. But because there's a 14-year old girl and the movie is rated PG-13, they all went with six of their girlfriends. But my daughters can't see The King's Speech because it's rated R. I showed it to my daughter anyhow, and she loved the movie, and so have her girlfriends. I've heard from so many educators that this is crazy. I believe the MPAA is sympathetic to the movie, but the rules are the rules. And look, I won with Blue Valentine. I can't go back, hat in hand, again. We were hoping that, as happened in England, the MPAA would see the movie in context and change the R to PG-13. That’s what happened on Blue Valentine. They rated the movie NC-17, we didn’t make any changes to the movie, and they reduced it to an R. But we didn’t get the contextual rating we wanted. Tom’s got a couple of ideas that don’t involve cutting that will serve the same purpose. I’ll leave that as a bit of a mystery as we examine it further. We are trying to find every way possible to have the film seen by as wide an audience as possible."

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Extra Tidbit: Seriously though, have you ever heard the movies that they bleep on TNT? It's god awful.
Source: DeadlineEW

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12:26PM on 02/01/2011

Weinstein should not be blamed...

He's a business man, of course he wants to make money. And he's right, this movie would be making a lot more if it was PG-13 instead of R. And he has a right to be mad, because it should be PG-13.
The MPAA is who's really to blame here. I could understand the rating if the MPAA was made up of robots, but it's made up of people who are capable of recognizing the context of the curse words. This whole thing is ridiculous.
He's a business man, of course he wants to make money. And he's right, this movie would be making a lot more if it was PG-13 instead of R. And he has a right to be mad, because it should be PG-13.
The MPAA is who's really to blame here. I could understand the rating if the MPAA was made up of robots, but it's made up of people who are capable of recognizing the context of the curse words. This whole thing is ridiculous.
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6:39PM on 02/01/2011
Yes he SHOULD be blamed, because cutting the film is not the answer (and this film does not appeal to under 17s, so it would be pointless anyway.)

You don't see Fox scrambling to cut Black Swan (which does appeal to the younger crowd.)
Yes he SHOULD be blamed, because cutting the film is not the answer (and this film does not appeal to under 17s, so it would be pointless anyway.)

You don't see Fox scrambling to cut Black Swan (which does appeal to the younger crowd.)
11:19AM on 02/01/2011

TORCH THE MPAA

BURN IT TO THE GROUND.
BURN IT TO THE GROUND.
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8:56AM on 02/01/2011

Good for him

Saw The King's Speech a few weeks ago. It is outstanding, and no way should it be rated R. However, I don't think the MPAA should not exist. Movies need a ratings system, but the system needs to be revised. Harvey, however, is only after $$$$. Don't cut the movie. The cursing is actually necessary for his therapy. My wife is a speech therapist and it's 100% accurate that you don't stutter when you curse.
Saw The King's Speech a few weeks ago. It is outstanding, and no way should it be rated R. However, I don't think the MPAA should not exist. Movies need a ratings system, but the system needs to be revised. Harvey, however, is only after $$$$. Don't cut the movie. The cursing is actually necessary for his therapy. My wife is a speech therapist and it's 100% accurate that you don't stutter when you curse.
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6:29AM on 02/01/2011

Hang on...

"But because there's a 14-year old girl and the movie is rated PG-13, they all went with six of their girlfriends." You have to have an adult accompanying if any of the party are under 13...
"But because there's a 14-year old girl and the movie is rated PG-13, they all went with six of their girlfriends." You have to have an adult accompanying if any of the party are under 13...
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1:38AM on 02/02/2011
Any age can see PG-13 without an adult.
Any age can see PG-13 without an adult.
2:07AM on 02/01/2011

THIS IS ALL A PLOY

I hope you all recognize this as just a publicity stunt from Harvey to get more attention for the Oscars. I saw Kings Speech and loved it but I still think The Social Network is the best of the year, thats the only reason for the negative, think peeps, think!
I hope you all recognize this as just a publicity stunt from Harvey to get more attention for the Oscars. I saw Kings Speech and loved it but I still think The Social Network is the best of the year, thats the only reason for the negative, think peeps, think!
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12:53AM on 02/01/2011

Good for Hooper

And all the Weinstein's are thinking, "MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY."
And all the Weinstein's are thinking, "MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY."
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11:23PM on 01/31/2011
Backing everyone else, good for Hooper. Weinstein doesn't care about the audience, he cares about money, plain and simple, and now he has True Grit envy (though it is kinda surprising the cabin shoot out in TG made it in PG13). It's pretty sad, and once again, good for Hooper, although now Harvey might have him wacked.
Backing everyone else, good for Hooper. Weinstein doesn't care about the audience, he cares about money, plain and simple, and now he has True Grit envy (though it is kinda surprising the cabin shoot out in TG made it in PG13). It's pretty sad, and once again, good for Hooper, although now Harvey might have him wacked.
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10:41PM on 01/31/2011
Good for Tom Hooper. Why mess with a great thing, which clearly this film is with all the praise and nominations and awards it has been receiving.

If The King's Speech wins Best Picture at the Oscars, Weinstein will probably still be unhappy.
Good for Tom Hooper. Why mess with a great thing, which clearly this film is with all the praise and nominations and awards it has been receiving.

If The King's Speech wins Best Picture at the Oscars, Weinstein will probably still be unhappy.
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10:37PM on 01/31/2011
I'll be okay with it as as long as they bleep out the "fucks" into "funks." That way they add some anachronistic humor to the flick.
I'll be okay with it as as long as they bleep out the "fucks" into "funks." That way they add some anachronistic humor to the flick.
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9:50PM on 01/31/2011
The swearing in this movie is 100% needed for the plot (as it's part of the treatment). It's not excessive or there just for filler. R for "bad" words is stupid anyways.
The swearing in this movie is 100% needed for the plot (as it's part of the treatment). It's not excessive or there just for filler. R for "bad" words is stupid anyways.
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11:02PM on 01/31/2011
The same can be said about Once!
The same can be said about Once!
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9:35PM on 01/31/2011
Yet another reason why the MPAA shouldn't exist.
Yet another reason why the MPAA shouldn't exist.
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10:05PM on 01/31/2011
The MPAA is far from perfect, and this is clearly a bad decision. However, I think having boards like the MPAA and ESRB are better than the alternative. There needs to be a guide for parents and exhibitors, and I'd rather one national body handles it than any number of small groups, with their own biases and agendas. For example, I don't want "The Kids Are All Right" getting an "NC-17" from some board in the the bible belt for showing a harmless but gay relationship.
The MPAA is far from perfect, and this is clearly a bad decision. However, I think having boards like the MPAA and ESRB are better than the alternative. There needs to be a guide for parents and exhibitors, and I'd rather one national body handles it than any number of small groups, with their own biases and agendas. For example, I don't want "The Kids Are All Right" getting an "NC-17" from some board in the the bible belt for showing a harmless but gay relationship.
9:19PM on 01/31/2011

I don't know why Harvey is being so disingenuous.

The film is rated R, not NC-17. Mom and Dad can bring the kids to see "The King's Speech" if they want - the kids just have to be with a parent or adult guardian. Harvey knows this. The better thing to do would be to aggressively market the film in a way that shows how it's for everyone.
The film is rated R, not NC-17. Mom and Dad can bring the kids to see "The King's Speech" if they want - the kids just have to be with a parent or adult guardian. Harvey knows this. The better thing to do would be to aggressively market the film in a way that shows how it's for everyone.
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9:06PM on 01/31/2011

and extra tidbit

it was the same thing as watching Die Hard 4, only it wasnt on TNT, it was in the theaters with off pitched voices and mix-matched talking lips.
it was the same thing as watching Die Hard 4, only it wasnt on TNT, it was in the theaters with off pitched voices and mix-matched talking lips.
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8:51PM on 01/31/2011

Harvey is WRONG

the film is 15a here and the demographic is old people. I work in a cinema in Ireland and it's solely old people going to see this, all the young people are at Tangled or Black Swan.
the film is 15a here and the demographic is old people. I work in a cinema in Ireland and it's solely old people going to see this, all the young people are at Tangled or Black Swan.
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8:49PM on 01/31/2011
in 3 weeks, it will surpass the us box office of the pg13-rated social network. in other words, STFU weinstein. your whole argument and case about the rating will be totally moot and youll look like a jackass on this matter.

and if weinstein's dumass wants it to make as much money as true grit, try doing some marketing and not waiting til 2 months after its US release to put it in more than 2,000 theaters. fuckin sellout.

and no, i dont believe your daughter liked this movie at all. she
in 3 weeks, it will surpass the us box office of the pg13-rated social network. in other words, STFU weinstein. your whole argument and case about the rating will be totally moot and youll look like a jackass on this matter.

and if weinstein's dumass wants it to make as much money as true grit, try doing some marketing and not waiting til 2 months after its US release to put it in more than 2,000 theaters. fuckin sellout.

and no, i dont believe your daughter liked this movie at all. she just told you that to make you happy so youd shell out more money to her to go buy X and do blow off some guys cock on saturday nights.
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8:37PM on 01/31/2011
This movie is great but it isn't a blockbuster it's for the art crowd. Even if this movie was PG-13 and had no cussing the subject matter does not appeal to anyone under 17 (maybe even under 25). What happened to the Harvey Weinstein of the 90's who gave us Pulp Fiction? Hell, every movie that he and Mirimax won an Oscar for is rated R, I dunno why he's sweating this. Good on Tom Hooper for not wanting to butcher his film. The only reason the movie is for wider audiences in the UK is because
This movie is great but it isn't a blockbuster it's for the art crowd. Even if this movie was PG-13 and had no cussing the subject matter does not appeal to anyone under 17 (maybe even under 25). What happened to the Harvey Weinstein of the 90's who gave us Pulp Fiction? Hell, every movie that he and Mirimax won an Oscar for is rated R, I dunno why he's sweating this. Good on Tom Hooper for not wanting to butcher his film. The only reason the movie is for wider audiences in the UK is because they have different standards and don't freak out at hearing the f word.
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8:51PM on 01/31/2011
"What happened to the Harvey Weinstein of the 90's who gave us Pulp Fiction?"

He made lots of money and liked making lots of money so much he sold out. : P
"What happened to the Harvey Weinstein of the 90's who gave us Pulp Fiction?"

He made lots of money and liked making lots of money so much he sold out. : P
8:23PM on 01/31/2011

Good For Hooper

Im Glad Hes Standing His Creative Ground. Extra Tidbit: I Was Watching One Of The Die Hard Movies On TV And They Edited "S.T.F.U. MoFo!" Into "Shut The Front Door Melon Farmer!" LMAO
Im Glad Hes Standing His Creative Ground. Extra Tidbit: I Was Watching One Of The Die Hard Movies On TV And They Edited "S.T.F.U. MoFo!" Into "Shut The Front Door Melon Farmer!" LMAO
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8:13PM on 01/31/2011

It really is

It's terrible they replace curse words withe other words it's terrible.
It's terrible they replace curse words withe other words it's terrible.
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8:11PM on 01/31/2011
Good on Hooper!
Extra Tidbit: Any movie bleeped on TV is ridiculous. Case in point The Big Lebowski. "This is what happens when you meet a stranger in the Alps!"
Good on Hooper!
Extra Tidbit: Any movie bleeped on TV is ridiculous. Case in point The Big Lebowski. "This is what happens when you meet a stranger in the Alps!"
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