A King’s Stammer – and Dolls
A film director who keeps a couple hundred inflatable dolls at the ready is my guest on Fresh Air today – but it’s not what you think.
Tom Hooper directed the HBO mini-series John Adams and won an Emmy for Elizabeth I starring Helen Mirren.
His new movie is The King’s Speech, a terrific film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. It’s based on the true story of a reluctant English monarch who had a terrible stutter. George VI took the throne in 1936 because his brother abdicated, and the film is about his relationship with an unconventional speech therapist.
And what about the blow-up dolls? Hooper uses them along with live actors to populate crowd scenes in some films, including The Damned United, one of the best movies you never heard of.
I asked him why he uses the dolls instead of computer-generated graphics. You can hear his answer on Fresh Air, at 3 and 7 on WHYY in the Philadelphia market. If you’re listening elsewhere, you can find your time and station here.
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