2010 November 10

Fit For A King

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Whispers of "Oscar" filled the Harbor Room at the 21 Club Tuesday afternoon, during DeLeon Tequila’s luncheon for The King’s Speech, staring Colin Firth. Tom Hooper’s new film tells the tale of King George VI of England (played by Firth) and his debilitating speech impediment. "I'm just wondering when Colin is going to do some really cheeseball movie," said one guest during the salad course. As plates of beef tenderloin were cleared, another member of royalty entered the room, Harvey Weinstein, who came to congratulate and chat with Firth. The director showed off his oratory skills, announcing, “Today’s lunch makes me think of the Duke of York and how during dinners he would have to stand up and stay two words, ‘The King,’ but he lived in absolute fear because he stuttered through the ‘k’ every time. I think if he were here right now, everything would be brought to a standstill. But I’d like to do it without a stutter. I raise my glass to Colin Firth and say, 'The King.'" Firth—perhaps in character?—stayed silent and answered with a nod and smile.

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