Comparison to the actual speech - The King's Speech (2010)
This is one of my favorite history movies with one of my favorite actors - Colin Firth. I thought he did an excellent performance portraying the struggle of a royalty with a speech impediment problem needing to step up to the plate in face of his country entering a Second World War, but I was also curious about what the real King George VI sounded like.
Someone on Youtube overlapped the sounds of Colin Firth in the movie with the actual speech of King George VI. Once the pauses for cinematic effect are edited out, the sync is almost perfect!
I wonder how many times Firth listened to the original speech before being able to perform like this??
The longer pauses between sentences were probably not due to his lack of acting skill, but to create cinematic effect - combined with Beethoven No.7 playing in the background, the longer pauses build up a lot of tension.
That's my take anyway, but I'd be interested to hear what others think!