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Firth’s royal rating lowered

Director Tom Hooper was initially left fuming when officials at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave the new picture a 15 certificate, meaning anyone below that age would be prohibited from watching.

He told reporters, “My head is in my hands about it. I go to see Salt where a tube is force fed down Angelina Jolie’s throat and poured water down her throat to simulate drowning – that’s not a problem.”

The film sees Firth tackle the role of British monarch King George VI and the strict age restriction was put in place because of scenes which see the King being advised to swear profusely to help him overcome a stammer.

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But after re-evaluating its decision, the Board has now dropped the rating to 12A, which will let children of 12 years old and over see the film, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

A statement from the BBFC reads, “The strong language is not aggressive and not directed at any person. After careful consideration… the (BBFC) board took the view that the way the strong language is presented in The King’s Speech did not contravene the language guidelines at 12A and that the public would understand why the board has reached this decision.”

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