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Danny Boyle Talks 127 Hours: Intense Reality, Franco, Crowds, Rahman

by Anne Thompson
November 2, 2010 8:17 AM
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In this video interview, Danny Boyle talks about his decisions on 127 Hours, including: how intense should the climactic scene with hiker Aron Ralston (James Franco) be for audiences? He has to hack through his arm's muscle and bone to extricate himself from an unmovable Utah boulder pinning him in a remote canyon, where no one knows his location. Obviously, as there have been repeated instances of audience members fainting during the scene, it is too realistic for some people. And Boyle worries about this: to him it is not a fun marketing ploy. It could in fact keep moviegoers away. But truth is, the movie pushes us to root for the stranded hiker's survival. It is a true story about isolation, endurance, and connection. (Here's the piece I wrote in Toronto, including a flip cam interview with Boyle and Franco.)

And here's the video interview I did with Boyle at the Filmmaker Lounge:


  • Arselio | February 24, 2011 7:43 AMReply

    Dear Danny Boyle,

    Sir I want to be an Actor. I am cute and emotional. Good in drama and action. Pls email me



  • Donna Cregg | November 3, 2010 7:22 AMReply

    Great Interview, I am definitely looking forward to seeing this film. I just hope that I will be able to handle the gore since the film itself looks so inspirational. I recently saw Attack on Darfur and it was a great humanitarian movie. It was very heartbreaking to watch knowing that the suffering depicted onscreen is going on in real life. I hope more people see films like 127 Hours and Attack on Darfur and are inspired to help those in need around the world.

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