Never mind that it won Best Picture at the Academy Awards last night, as is necessary these days even British films get the Hollywood remake treatment. So “The King’s Speech” is being adapted for American audiences, not with a ratings promotion but with a more familiar tale: “Tyler Perry’s The President’s Speech.” Instead of King George VI it’s now about President George W. Bush, who had his own trouble speaking at times. Taking over Geoffrey Rush’s part is, of course, Mike Tyson, who needs to be in every Oscars parody from now on — and hey, let’s have him host next year. In the outfit he wears here.
This spoof premiered on the Jimmy Kimmel post-awards show last night and it is almost more hilarious than Tyson’s thing with Leonard Maltin last week. Surprisingly no Don King jokes this time around, though I guess that wouldn’t fit the new title. I’d go see this remake, especially if it’s faithful to the original, which I don’t mind saying I love. Maybe it doesn’t deserve Best Picture status, but people really need to stop being concerned about that stuff. As Spielberg implied in his presentation of the award last night, the honor is pretty meaningless in retrospect. The real honor is, in my opinion, to be parodied perfectly, and this video does that. Watch it after the jump.