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Reel vs. Real: Colin Firth as King George VI

If you've always thought that all leaders are charismatic speakers, this week's featured biopic for Reel vs. Real will show you a different point of view. Read on to learn about the historical drama that tells about the plight of English monarch King George VI and his urgent need to overcome it.

Movie poster image via IMDb

Leaders are expected to be at the top of their game and to be always ready to motivate the people who look up to them. This is where the importance and power of good pubic speaking comes into the picture. But, what if a leader lacks this ability, and all the more so the confidence to overcome it?

Such was the plight of King George VI, who ruled over the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth from December 11, 1936 until his death. The critically acclaimed 2010 British historical drama The King’s Speech explores one of the most trying times in the life and reign of King George VI (Colin Firth), when he felt the need to cope and overcome his stammer.

Colin Firth (right) as King George VI (left). Photos via Corona Coming Attraction and Profoundly Moving

The King’s wife, Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), persuades him to seek the help of an unorthodox Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Georffrey Rush). Soon, he was faced with the task of giving his first wartime radio broadcast in 1939, upon Britain’s declaration of war against Nazi Germany. The English monarch must put his trust not only in the peculiar instructor but also on his capacity to speak to his people with confidence.

Watch the trailer for The King’s Speech below:

All information for his article were sourced from The King’s Speech on Wikipedia.

A series made for cinephiles, Reel vs. Real highlights some notable biographical films that you may or may not have watched, and puts the biopic actors side by side with their real life counterparts.

written by plasticpopsicle

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