For “The King’s Speech” scribe David Seidler, who says he himself was a “profound stutterer” as a kid, King George VI’s story was deeply personal.
“You learn to avoid words and sounds you can’t say. In my particular case, answering the telephone was an absolute nightmare. The sound of that telephone ringing sent shivers down my spine because I couldn’t do that ‘h’ sound. … (But ‘The King’s Speech’) isn’t about the stuttering really. It’s about having a voice and owning your voice and owning your own space. … I think one of the reasons why, much to everyone’s surprise except mine, young audiences are really enjoying this film is they understand what it is like to be teased and bullied.”