Speech life- long passion for writer
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James Franco HE wasn’t addressing a nation preparing for war, but David S e i d l e r ’ s a c c e p t a n c e o f a s c r e e n wr i t i n g O s c a r r e p - resented a crowning achievement for a man who overcame a debilitating stutter as a child.
Seidler penned the script for Oscar d a r l i ng The Ki ng’ s Speech, a film whose story of a British monarch overcoming his stutter to rally a nation to war mirrors in many ways the British writer’s own life.
‘‘ I say this on behalf of all the stutterers in the world – we have a voice, we have been h e a r d , ’ ’ t h e 7 3 - y e a r - o l d screenwriter said while accepting his Oscar.
Telling the story of King George VI was a lifetime ambition for Seidler, who overcame his own stutter nearly 60 years ago.
The screenwriter was born in 1936, seven months before George took the British throne and was forced to overcome his stutter to rally the empire to face Nazi Germany.
Seidler overcame his stutter in adolescence after undergoi n g m a n y o f t h e s p e e c h therapies portrayed in The King’s Speech, including stuffing marbles in his mouth and reciting while listening to music on headphones.