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Director Peter Berg Discusses Why His Father Thought He would Have a Gay Porn Career

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Filmmaker Peter Berg was the scheduled guest speaker at the Massachusetts Production Coalition’s holiday meeting last night. Held at District Hall, the evening started with hor d’oeuvres and drinks, with some networking. After attendees had mingled, Berg was then asked questions by a moderator.

Director Peter Berg has directed some great films such as “Friday Night Lights” and went on to disclose how after high school he wasn’t accepted into any of the colleges he applied to and his high school guidance counselor assisted him in gaining acceptance into a small college in Minnesota which barely had a theatre or film program. However, taking a theatre course, in his first class he had a “spiritual experience” and eventually decided later to move to LA to pursue his career against the advice of his father  who said he “would end up working in gay porn if he moved to L.A.” Berg who is heterosexual clarified he in no way meant that as a disparaging remark against the LGBTQ community. One could view it more so on commentary of the difficulty of having a career in the entertainment industry. Berg explained he loves his father who is a MBA graduate from Harvard but he viewed the entertainment industry as a very challenging field and even tried to pursuade his son to get a job at Lehman Brothers instead. Berg preceded that remark by noting “he knows he is lucky as hell.”

Thank goodness that Berg’s father ended up being wrong and Berg had some success as an actor working on the TV show “Chicago Hope”. Later he became a great director known for his immersive research working on films such as “Friday Night Lights” where he spent a year living on a high school students couch in Texas or in preparation for the filming of “Lone Survivor” where he spent time living with the Navy Seals in Iraq.

Berg also discussed being a frequent collaborator with Mark Wahlberg referring to the Dorchester native as “family” and they are both currently in Boston working on “Wonderland,” which is based on the crime novels of deceased local author Robert B. Parker, and chronicles the story of newly unlicensed Boston private investigator Spenser (Wahlberg) after a prison stint. While many of the movie’s details are still under wraps, filming has been taking place around the city.

 

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