Published September 09, 2010
Writing a 700-page memoir can be a lot of work -- good thing for Tony Blair he apparently had help.
The screenwriter of the Oscar-winning movie "The Queen" has accused the former British Prime Minister of plagiarizing his dialogue, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported.
Peter Morgan on Wednesday cited remarkable similarities between how he imagined a 1997 meeting between Blair and Queen Elizabeth -- and the account of the actual sit-down in Blair's book, "A Journey: My Political Life."
Morgan said he was dumbfounded when he read the book.
"I wish I could pretend that I had inside knowledge," he told the Telegraph. "But I made up those lines."
Morgan, who also penned the scripts for "Frost/Nixon" and "The Last King of Scotland," suggested three possibilities for the similarity.
"The first is, I guessed absolutely perfectly, which is highly unlikely.
"The second is Blair decided to endorse what I imagined as the official line.
"And the third is that he had one gin and tonic too many and [got] confused."
Blair's publishers didn't respond to an e-mail for comment but the politician has previously claimed he never saw the 2006 movie.
His book, released last week, is currently No. 13 on Amazon's best-seller list.