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Writing can be a challenging, even tortuous process for the mind. And sure, sometimes you can hurt a finger or cause a blister. But it’s not known for causing injuries as severe as a broken nose.
Aaron Sorkin, who penned The Social Network and The West Wing and co-wrote Moneyball, which will open in theaters next week, showed up at an Emmy event in West Hollywood on Friday with a broken nose. It turns out he injured himself while writing.
“I wish I could say I was in a bar fight, but I broke my nose while writing,” the Academy Award winning screenwriter told the Los Angeles Times. He said he was staring into a mirror, working on some dialogue, when he got too close and head-butted himself.
Sorkin has plenty of writing to do these days, with the recent pickup of his series about a cable news network by HBO. The hourlong show will follow a cable news anchor, his executive producer, the newsroom staff and their boss as they report the news while navigating the commercial and corporate obstacles of the business.
STORY: HBO Gives Series Pickup to Aaron Sorkin Project
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, John Gallgher Jr., Olivia Munn and Dev Patel will star in the show.
Sorkin, who will write and produce, spent time with cable news personalities, like Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, to research for the series.
Sorkin is also teaming with The Office‘s John Krasinski for an HBO mini-series about the guests of Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont, based on Life at the Marmont, a book by the hotel’s co-owner Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred Basten.
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