We were hit with quite a surprise last week. After taking up metaphorical arms and rising against the evil MPAA, determined for his studio's films to receive ratings appropriate to their content, Harvey Weinstein began scheming up new edits of the critics and awards favorite, 'The King's Speech.'

Never mind that he called the system outdated and was ready to fight. In lieu of the film's rising number of awards, Weinstein planned to kick off a new marketing strategy that required the film's R-rating-grabbing dialogue to be cleaned up -- language, mind you, that shows up in one key scene; we're not talking about Tarantino-style F-bombs flung to and fro all willy nilly.

The report said that Weinstein was talking to director Tom Hooper about the possibility, and now Hooper has spoken out to make his position quite clear: He does not support cutting the film in any way.

Entertainment Weekly talked to Hooper before the DGA awards, and the director said, "I wouldn't support cutting the film in any way. I think we looked at whether it's possible to bleep out the f*cks and stuff, but I'm not going to actually cut that part." He went on to state that no decisions have been made, and that it's merely an idea that the Weinstein Company is considering. The site also asked if he believed that a PG-13 rating would broaden the audience, and Hooper had nothing to say on the matter, other than reiterate, "I'm not going to cut the film."

Let's hope that Hooper's opinion on the matter is enough to knock down this plan, even though it's not much better to have bleeping in the film. Can you imagine sitting down to watch an award-winning drama and having to deal with bleeps? It worked in 'Kuffs,' but that's a whole different cinematic setting.
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