‘The King’s Speech’ Nominated Writer had Stutter

Writing the script for “The King’s Speech” was David Seidler’s thank you note to King George VI.

Seidler says he had a “profound stutter” when he was growing up at the same time the king was overcoming his own stammer.

He says having a stutter “puts a shadow over your childhood.” He says kids bullied him and adults would get nervous and their eyes would glaze over while he tried to complete a sentence. He says seeing the King overcome his stutter gave him the courage to do the same. Seidler eventually lost his stutter.

Now, he’s been nominated for an Oscar for writing “The King’s Speech.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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