Colin Firth

  • Aired:  01/11/11
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As host of the Colin Firth Film Festival, Jon calls "The King's Speech" the finest thing he's done. (6:26)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THIS MAN AN

ACTOR.

NOMINATED FOR A GOLDEN GLOBE FOR

HIS LATEST FILM "THE KING'S

SPEECH."

>> IN HERE IT'S BETTER IF WE'RE

EQUAL.

>> THAT SAID IF WE WERE EQUALS,

I WOULDN'T BE HERE.

I WOULD BE AT HOME WITH MY WIFE

AND WOULD NO -- AND NO ONE WOULD

GIVE A DAMN.

>> PLEASE, DON'T DO THAT.

>> SORRY?

>> I BELIEVE SUCKING SMOKE INTO

YOUR LUNGS WILL KILL YOU.

>> MY PHYSICIANS SAY IT RELAXES

THE THROAT.

>> THEY ARE IDIOTS.

>> THEY ARE KNIGHTS.

>> MAKES IT OFFICIAL THEN.

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

THE PROGRAM COLIN FIRNL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

-- COLIN FIRTH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NICE TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

I KNOW YOU ARE UNDER THE

WEATHER.

I KNOW YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF

LARYNGITIS.

>> IT'S MY VOICE IS A LITTLE

HUSKY JOINCH APPRECIATE THE

SUFFERING YOU ARE GOING THROUGH.

THIS IS THE FINEST THING YOU'VE

DONE.

OUT OF FINE THINGS --

>> I KNOW YOU HAVE WATCHED THEM

ALL, RIGHT.

>> Jon: BECAUSE I HAVE AS YOU

KNOW THE FIRTH FILM FESTIVAL

EVERY YEAR.

>> THAT NOISE YOU MADE AT THE

BEGINNING OF THE SHOW WAS THAT

AN IMPRESSION OF ME?

>> Jon: NO.

>> BECAUSE IT'S SPOOKY IF IT

WAS.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: I GO WAIT AM I ON THE

SHOW?

>> IT WAS LIKE MY -- IT SOUNDED

LIKE MY TABLE READ.

>> Jon: NOT AT ALL.

>> FROM WHAT YOU SAW THERE WAS

AFTER A LONG PROCESS OF HONING

IN ON THE CHARACTER.

>> Jon: IT IS SEAMLESS AND

TERRIFIC.

WHAT A GREAT STORY YET I'M

AMAZED THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN TOLD

TO THIS POINT.

WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF SO MANY

OF FILM GOERS FETISHES, WORLD

WAR II, THE BROTHER OF EDWARD

THE VIII HOW HAVE WE NOT HEARD

THE STORY OF GEORGE THE 6:00 VI

BEFORE?

>> IT WAS THE UNDISCOVERED,

FINALLY FIND THE PHARAOHS TOMB

YOU WERE LOOKING FOR.

THE FIGURES AFTER THIS ERA ARE

SO COLORFUL, THE MAIN PROTAG

INCONSISTENTS, HITLER,

CHURCHILL, ROOSEVELT, DEGAULLE,

MUSSOLINI.

YOU HAVE SUCH CONVINCING VILLAIN

S AND THIS SHY, RETIRING

TIMID MAN THAT DIDN'T PUT

HIMSELF FORWARD.

I THINK PEOPLE REALLY BLIPPED

OVER HIM WHEN IT COMES TO THE

BROAD STAGE.

>> Jon: EVEN HIS OWN

COUNTRYMEN IT SEEMS.

>> I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

HIM.

WE KNEW HE EXISTED.

THAT'S ABOUT IT REALLY.

WE JUST GET CHURCHILL ALL THE

TIME.

[LAUGHTER]

ALSO THE QUEEN MOTHER HELENA

BONHAM CARTER WENT ON TO BECOME

THE QUEEN MOTHER.

>> Jon: NOT REALLY.

>> GIVE HER TIME.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: HE WAS MARRIED TO

ELIZABETH --

>> THAT'S RIGHT ON HIS DEATH

WHEN QUEEN ELIZABETH BECAME THE

QUEEN SHE THEN BECAME THE FAMOUS

FIGURE THAT WE KNOW AS THE QUEEN

MOTHER.

OUR WRITER WAS A YOUNG BOY

LISTENING TO THOSE BROADCASTS,

THE KING'S BROADCASTS GROWING UP

IN AMERICA HE HIMSELF SUFFERED

FROM A SEVERE STUTTER.

THOSE BROADCASTS GAVE HIM HOPE.

IF THE KING OF ENGLAND CAN DO

THAT -- HE WROTE TO THE QUEEN

MOTHER LATER ASKING FOR HER

PERMISSION TO TELL THIS STORY.

SHE SAID, PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS

IN MY LIFETIME, THE MEMORIES OF

THESE EVENTS ARE TOO PAINFUL.

SEW WAITED AND WAITED -- SO HE

WAIT AND WAITED.

I WAS 1 WHEN HE WROTE THE

LETTER.

>> Jon: SHE WAS A HARDY WOMAN

THE QUEEN MUM.

>> FINALLY AT THE AGE OF 186 HE

FELT FREE TO TELL THE STORY.

>> Jon: REALLY INCREDIBLE.

YOU ALWAYS SOMETIMES YOU CAN

LOOK AT HISTORY AND YOU THINK

BOY JUST CHANGE ONE NEXUS POINT.

IF HE EDWARD VIII HAD NOT ACT

DATED -- ABDICATED IN THE MANNER

HE HAD.

>> THERE'S NOT WANTING TO GO

THERE.

>> Jon: DURING THE BOMBING OF

LONDON HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, WE

SHOULDN'T REALLY OVERTHROW

HITLER HE IS THE LEADER OF

GERMANY.

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE KING OF

ENGLAND.

>> YEAH, I KNOW.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: WHAT -- IT BOGGLES THE

MIND.

>> IT DOES.

YOU KNOW, THERE WERE ALL THESE

FOLKS IN EUROPE AT THAT TIME.

HEAVEN KNOWS, GOODNESS KNOWS HOW

MANY OF THEM ARE HAPPY ENDINGS

BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH.

THERE WAS APPEASEMENT ALL OVER

THE PLACE.

YOU KNOW, AND PEOPLE WHO WERE IN

DENIAL ABOUT IT, ABOUT THE ARMS

BUILD UP AND ABOUT WHAT OUR

ACTUAL RELATIONSHIP AS A COUNTRY

WAS WITH GERMANY.

AND ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, THAT --

THE ETHO, IS THAT GEORGE VI SET

IN PLACE WHETHER ONE ACCEPTS THE

IDEA OF AN UNELECTED BODY IN THE

CONSTITUTION AT ALL AS A

COUNTRY, THAT SET IN PLACE IS

STILL THERE IN MANY WAYS.

BECAUSE IT'S HIS DAUGHTER AND

SHE'S STILL THERE.

THE IDEA THAT YOUR ROLE IS NOT

ONE OF PRIVILEGE BUT ONE OF

BASIC DUTY ON A DAILY BASIS

WHERE IT'S, YOU KNOW, YOU PUT

YOURSELF AT THE SERVICE OF YOUR

PEOPLE ONE THAT HE DID IN

REACTION TO HIS BROTHER'S

ATTITUDE.

>> Jon: I ALWAYS SEEMS TO

WORK.

WELL, I'M SO GLAD THAT I

COMPLETELY RIDICULED HIM AT THE

BEGINNING OF THE SHOW.

BEAUTIFULLY SAID, SIR.

BEAUTIFULLY ACTED AND

CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN ON A

TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCE.

THE KING'S SPEECH, I URGE

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