68 years ago
United States of America
Godfather and legal counsel
|Behind the Scenes|
Peter Browning is Robert Fischer's godfather and Maurice Fischer's longtime legal counsel. To Robert he is more of a surrogate father than a godfather, with Robert even going so far as to call him "Uncle Peter." He is portrayed by actor Tom Berenger.
As Maurice's health declined and Robert displayed little interest in attending to company matters, Browning's power grew. He got strong authority in the company, even going against Maurice's previous prerogative of avoiding legal action wherever possible, and struggled to have Robert discuss power of attoney. While his personal desires are unclear, he has great affection for Robert, being described as the one positive relationship the young man has.Eames used the close ties Browning has to the elder and younger Fischer as part of the team’s inception plan. In the first level, The City, Eames adopted Browning’s appearance and mannerisms in order to claim that the team that kidnapped Fischer also kidnapped and tortured him. Eames used this to enquire into Fischer’s relationship with his father and to implant the idea of his father having a second will, which would split up the company if released. Thus, Browning was used as a trusted guide to set the original idea into Fisher’s mind.
In the second dream level, the team used Fischer’s projection of Browning (who appear slightly more arrogant then in reality) to their advantage. Once the projection was captured by the team, they encouraged Fisher to believe that Browning arranged his kidnapping. Once Fischer believed them, the projection conformed to Fischer’s new perspective of him and admitted doing so. He claimed the will was Maurice’s attempt to taunt Robert for not being worthy of his accomplishments, while this was a combination of the idea’s Eames planted and Fischer’s own perception of his father.
The main reason for this was to have Fischer transfer his resentment of his father to Browning, thus repairing his view of his father and allowing him to attain emotional renewal. After Fischer wakes up, he may feel suspicion and resentment toward Browning, but will not be consciously aware why.