Video Interview: Danny Boyle Enters The Wilderness For 127 Hours
Meeting Danny Boyle in person immediately explains the boundless energy of so many of his films-- the guy just seems to be a walking jump cut or sped-up film, full of ideas and enthusiasm and a genuine friendliness that's almost jarring, given how many interviews we conduct with directors and actors who seem outright miserable. But Boyle comes by his likable reputation honest, asking me about my own life before settling in to answer every one of my questions as if it was the first conversation he'd had about his film.
It wasn't, of course-- since debuting 127 Hours at the Telluride Film Festival in early September Boyle has taken the movie on a press tour that shows no signs of stopping, even with the film finally opening in New York and Los Angeles this Friday. Lucky for him it's worth all the trouble. Boyle's follow-up to the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire is equally as ambitious and energetic as that film, despite taking place in a desert canyon where hiker Aron Ralston (James Franco, in a transformative performance) spent the titular 127 hours trapped with his arm pinned beneath a boulder. You probably know how the story ends, even if the tales of people fairing at screenings didn't spoil it for you, but 127 Hours is an uplifting, joyful experience, even including the visceral arm-cutting.
I only got about 10 minutes to talk to Boyle but he made every one of them count, talking about his own relationship to a character like Aron Ralston, his work with the real Ralston and creating a movie that wasn't 100% beholden to the facts, and how working with James Franco revealed that the actor is "super bright," and not "a bit sleepy, a bit stoned" as Boyle had previously thought. Check out the interview below; hopefully a little of Boyle's generosity and energy seeps through in video format.
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