Paul Bettany's 'regret' at turning down The King's Speech


Actor Paul Bettany has revealed he was offered the role of King George VI in award winning film The King's Speech but turned it down.

Tom Hooper's period drama, which went on to star Colin Firth, tells the true story of the King's efforts to overcome a debilitating stammer with the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue.

The film has since won a plethora of awards and been nominated for 12 Oscars and 14 Baftas, including nods for Firth and his co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

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