Peter Morgan

(Peter Julian Robin Morgan)

Peter Morgan
Peter Morgan
  • Born: April 10, 1963
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Writer

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As a child, I grew up the son of German immigrant parents, so I grew up being teased and called 'Fritz' at school. When I married my wife and went to live in Vienna, I was teased for being a Brit.
Generally, I read nonfiction. There's very little fiction that I enjoy enough to spend my time reading. I am generally a nonfiction guy. Time
I actually speak fluent German. And I live in Vienna, and I'm married to a Viennese woman.
I am not a politics wonk. I like the idea of my writing reflecting more about who I am or other people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't understand and don't enjoy sci-fi, and it's just that if people aren't real, and they don't live in a real and recognizable society, I don't understand what to do. Society
I have no directing ambition whatsoever. And as long as I meet filmmakers like Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, and others who allow that collaboration, I can't see why I would ever want to direct.
I wrote 'Hereafter' quickly and without mapping it out too much or being too schematic. As an exercise, I think that was incredibly important.
If you don't belong somewhere, that outsider status you have gives you perspective. Of course, another word for outsider is 'exile,' and that's not fun at all.
If you have distance from the events, then your story can work as an analogy or parable rather than its literal narrative. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm not an artist, and I want to take risks, and when the possibility of failure occurs, it's because the idea is all exciting or interesting as a high wire act, and sometimes you've got to fall off, just by virtue of the fact that you're constantly trying to evolve and do new things. Failure
I'm not good at fantasy, no. I have been offered stuff, and I can't get my head around it.
It's madness to hand in a script to a director, leave them alone, and for the director not to want the writer there with rehearsals and the shoot.
Movies feel like work, and reading fiction feels like work, whereas reading nonfiction feels like pleasure. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Once I start writing about somebody, I become very protective of them.
People test movies within an inch of their life so that the entire audience experience is a uniform one. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The first and primary requirement for me in a director that I'd want to work with is: do they love writing, and do they love the collaboration process with writers? Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The minute you become a leader of a country, you go into a very small club. You join that sort of pantheon of other world leaders.
There are people who are bound journalistically to a code of ethics that means they can't quote something that isn't sourced, whereas what I do is entirely unsourced. I effectively fictionalise history and yet somehow aim at a greater truth. Truth ;History
You can be far more challenging, articulate and intelligent writing for television than you can writing for the cinema.
You're either a person with a conscience, or you're not. I think I've got quite a fine conscience.

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