Tony Blair raised the lines of the movie The Queen for his autobiography?
- Screenwriter Peter Morgan said the memory of the former prime minister had become blurred
- Lines in Blair's book of 2011, My Journey, mysteriously similar to those of the 2006 movie
- Mr. Morgan said: "In his book he used a series of expressions and quotes that seemed very familiar to me because they sounded like my dialogue."
Stephen Adams for The Mail on Sunday
Blair is accused of raising lines from a 2006 film and including them in his autobiography, released in 2011
Tony Blair has been accused of using lines from the movie The Queen in his autobiography.
Screenwriter Peter Morgan said he believed that the ex-prime minister's memory of real events had become "blurry" when he watched the movie.
The lines in Blair's 2011 autobiography, My Journey, were incredibly similar to those written for his character in the 2006 film, Morgan told National Public Radio in the United States.
The film focuses on Mr. Blair's audience with the Queen, played by Dame Helen Mirren, immediately after the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
It paints a favorable image of the then youthful prime minister, played by Michael Sheen, who deftly convinces His Majesty to respond to Diana's death with greater warmth.
Morgan said: "In his book, which of course came out many years after we did The Queen, Tony Blair, referring to that critical period immediately after Diana's death, used a series of expressions and quotes that seemed to me very familiar because it sounded like my dialogue.
"And I remember thinking:" I can not have understood correctly! "
Mr. Morgan did not cite any specific example. However, in one of the scenes, the private secretary of the Queen asks Mr. Blair de Sheen if the phrase "the princess of the town" is a bit exaggerated.
Subsequently, Blair wrote in his autobiography: "The phrase" princess of the people "now seems something of another age, and corny, and on top.
Blair's spokesman said: "He has never seen The Queen."