[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY10ZL9eORgLinnieGayl recently wrote about Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. Now that I have seen the movie as well, I would like to talk about Geoffrey Rush. In The King’s Speech, he plays Australian-born speech therapist Lionel Logue, who successfully treated George VI (played by Colin Firth) for his stammer. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend you do so; it’s a wonderful, intimate depiction of a very troubled man and the friendship that slowly develops with his therapist. It also gives fascinating insights into the family life of the Windsors in the 1930s.

But I want to get back to Geoffrey Rush. For the part of Lionel Logue, he was nominated for an Academy Award, and I for one am really disappointed he did not get it. He is simply marvellous as Lionel! His face is most expressive, and he depicts this rather quirky characters so richly that I immediately wanted to find out more about him.

To my shame, I only remember Geoffrey Rush from Shine and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (where he is one of my favorite characters). I have since found out he was also in Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love, from which I should have recalled him. Well, after his performance in The King’s Speech, I will definitely keep an eye out for his next movies!

Have you seen The King’s Speech? What did you think of it, and especially of Geoffrey Rush?

– Rike Horstmann

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