What's the meaning of a phrase “A was persuaded away from B” here?

Thirty years later, George Miller, the Australian director of the original trilogy, was persuaded away from films about tap-dancing penguins to revive the brand. In “Fury Road” he has given us villains for the Justin Bieber generation, and they are a very peculiar bunch indeed. (Economist)

(link address: http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2015/05/new-film-mad-max-fury-road)

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It means that someone persuaded him to try something else than what he had been doing. The "dancing penguins" is a reference to the HAPPY FEET movies, which he directed.


  • In your explanation, does someone include himself? Don't you think 'something' should replace 'someone' in your explanation? (I think someone makes the range of the cause too narrow) Jun 4, 2015 at 6:26
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    I think if he talked himself into it, one might use "became convinced" or "convinced himself" or "decided", rather than the passive "was persuaded". Jun 4, 2015 at 7:33
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    @InfimumMaximum: Note that persuation implies reasoning or argument to convince someone of something, which can only be done by a person. (Or, in afntasy/scifi, other intelligent beings)
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 4, 2015 at 8:25

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