01/04/2011 04:46 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colin Firth & Co-Stars Talk Inspiration For 'The King's Speech' (VIDEO)

It took Oscar-winning actors to give voice to the speechless.

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush star in the critically acclaimed royal drama, 'The King's Speech,' about the travails of a stuttering British King George VI and his speech therapy with World War II at the doorstep. Unlike the royal family, who at first saw Albert (his birth name, before taking George at coronation) as a puttering mess, Firth (who plays the King) and Rush (who plays his speech therapist, Lionel Logue), drew inspiration from his battle.

"Here is a man who has wit, I think an elegance of man, and because of his struggle with speech, is completely misjudged by everyone," Firth said. "Everyone has limitations on their ability to communicate everyone has fears that they won't be able to communicate successfully. And I think making it a member of the Royal Family just heightens some things which I think we're all familiar with."