Colin Firth's rotten cabbage fears

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Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker star in the 2010 action-comedy that is "Red". After he's threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses (Willis) reassembles his old crew to go after their longtime assailants. The movie's title (RED) stands for "Retired Extremely Dangerous".

October 22nd, 2010

Colin Firth is worried he will get "rotten cabbages" thrown at him.

The actor - whose new movie 'The King's Speech' has led to suggestions he may get an Oscar nomination next year - is "gratified" people think his performance as Britain's King George VI is award-worthy, but fears he could be pelted if it doesn't go to plan.

Discussing the possibility of an award for the part, Colin told BANG Showbiz: "I don't know what's going to happen next year. The fact that people are talking positively is a sign of how people are taking it, which is incredibly gratifying. This certainly wasn't a walk in the park.

"I mean that has happened to me many, many, many times and you just get a lot of rotten cabbages thrown at you. You know, people don't owe you gratitude because you tried very hard."

The 50-year-old actor also reveals he has learnt a lot about stammering throughout his career, and has discovered all sufferers feel differently about the speech disorder - meaning he could not just "pull it out of the drawer" to play the famously stuttering monarch.

He added: "It's the third time I've played somebody with a stammer, and what's interesting is you can't just pull out your stammer from a drawer. And that was an education for me because I thought perhaps I could. Little did I know!

"It's not the same to everybody, it won't feel the same. What you are doing every time, what you are really playing is, how not to stammer. And so at different times in my life I have."

'The King's Speech' - which stars Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mother and Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue alongside Colin - is released worldwide throughout December and January.