Geoffrey Rush thought `The King`s Speech` will flop

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 11:04 AM IST

London: He is the favourite to win a Golden Globe for his performance as a speech therapist in `The King`s Speech` but Australian actor Geoffrey Rush thought the movie was going to be a flop.

The film, starring Colin Firth as stuttering British monarch King George VI, has opened to rave reviews and a series of high profile honours, and it is expected to sweep the upcoming Golden Globe Awards at the weekend.

Rush has won a number of nominations for his role as the king`s speech therapist in the film and also expected to bag an Oscar nomination but he admits he never believed the project would be so successful, Contactmusic reported.

"The curious thing is that people start to say `Oh this is obviously an Oscar-bait thing, you do this because you`ve got (a character with) a disability, you`ve got a prestige English name, you`ve got a Royal King...`

"(But) when we sat and read the initial script which actually came onto my front doorstep in Melbourne... the first thing I read was `Well no one will want to go and see this,` let alone `Oh this is an Oscar-worthy film`," said Rush.

PTI