Played by Geoffrey Rush, 59, in the film
Recasting: Edward James Olmos, 63
Why He's Right for the Part: In The King's Speech, Geoffrey Rush is the Robin Williams to Colin Firth's Will Hunting. Rush's character, the unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue, not only treats the King's stuttering problems, but also becomes his friend and confidante in the process. Edward James Olmos, an Oscar nominee for Stand & Deliver, is brilliant at playing characters who carefully tread the line between that of teacher and close personal friend.