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Spielberg gives War Horse author Michael Morpurgo a chance to live his dream

12 January 2012 5:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Morpurgo's bit part in Stephen Spielberg's film version of War Horse revived his ambition to follow his parents into an acting career

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's most popular writers, a former children's laureate whose novel, War Horse, captivated international audiences as a sell-out play before inspiring Steven Spielberg to adapt it for the big screen. Yet, despite his success as a writer, he would rather have been an actor, he has told the Observer.

The 68-year-old author admitted that, deep down, he wishes he had followed his parents in a career as a thespian. "I didn't have the courage to do what my mother and father had done. I sort of regret it. A missed opportunity," he said. "I grew up an actor manqué."

Such is his longing that he asked the film's producer whether he could appear as an extra. As a result, Morpurgo »

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