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‘King’s Speech,’ the PG-13 version, coming in April

Colin Firth, f-bomb-free in the new “King’s Speech.” (Laurie Sparham/Associated Press)

“Colin Firth doesn’t say the f-word. April Fools’, suckas!”

Actually, that’s not what the release says. It says this: “The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that The King’s Speech PG-13, the family-friendly version of its Academy Award-winning historical drama about King George VI, will open on 1,000 screens nationwide on April 1, and will be the only version available in theatres.”

The few references to the f-word, the reason the original film was rated R, have been removed from this updated cut. The Academy Award winner for Best Picture has made $133 million in North America and $359 million worldwide. The sanitized version is expected to add to that business by giving younger audience members — who, of course, know nothing about f-words — the opportunity to see it.

When asked about the release of a cleaned-up “King” in the press room following his Oscar win, Colin Firth said he didn’t support the idea.

“It’s about a man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words, and he’s so coy about it,” Firth said. “I mean, I just can’t — I still haven’t met the person who would object to it. So I think the film should stand as it is.”

So much for listening to Colin Firth’s speech.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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