Geoffrey Rush's stereotype concerns

May 20th, 2011

Geoffrey Rush was scared of making his 'King's Speech' character Lionel Logue an Australian stereotype.

The 59-year-old actor - who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the man who helped Britain's King George VI overcome his stammer - wanted to steer away from making him like "Crocodile Dundee".

He said: "I wanted to avoid making Logue conform to some perceived Aussie cultural stereotype - a sort of Les Patterson, Crocodile Dundee kind of character.

"But there did need to be some sort of attitude with him. When I first read the script, I thought it was a fantastic story that probably wouldn't do to well commercially, which shows you how much I know."

Geoffrey - who currently stars as Captain Barbarossa in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' - previously revealed he was happy to miss out on the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor to Christian Bale as he felt it "shared the wealth" of the awards.

He said: "It all seemed to fall into the trajectory of what people thought would happen, which is good. Sharing the wealth."