Colin Firth: “Your character will want to resist grief.”

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  • Colin Firth: 

    “Your character will want to resist grief.”

    (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) 


    (Colin Firth in The King’s Speech, 2010)


    The audience musn’t see you trying to be sad, trying to cry, trying to be angry. They must see the opposite.


    “Nobody wants to be sad or grief stricken. Your character will want to resist grief or find their way back to happiness. And that’s what we should be playing.”

  • “The audience musn’t see you trying to be sad, trying to cry, trying to be angry. They must see the opposite.”

    “The anger is being vented because you need to vent it, not because you want the anger.”

    “And the stammer is precisely the same. I have to find the impediment before I can fight the impediment. But you must fight it.”


    Your character will want to resist grief or find their way back to happiness.


    (Colin Firth, discussing his role as the future King George VI, in the historical drama The King’s Speech. The film centers around George VI, who fought to overcome a speech impediment in his youth. Firth’s  performance earned him his first Academy Award for Best Actor.)


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