Danny Boyle Talks Trainspotting Sequel, Partying at SXSW and Zombies
|Mark Olsen (right) with the two directors|
Some highlights from the discussion:
- Boyle tells the audience that your first film is your best, acknowledging that Trank is about to make his second film, a remake of The Fantastic Four. Talk about pressure.
- Because Boyle finds that actors don't really look great running, he turned to an East London agency that represents professional athletes whose careers are over to find zombie extras in 28 Days Later. Boyle had an acting workshop with some of them, having them threaten him. "I don't know whether any of you ever lived with, like, a ballet dancer or an athlete, but people who are absolutely focused on the body...when they turn it on, it's pretty scary."
- Boyle discusses how the reason there was so much footage of the meteor that hit Russia is because, in Russia, cars are equipped with cameras for insurance purposes. Apparently, insurance companies won't pay unless they're provided with proof. Thus, the cameras.
- The studios were told that Slumdog Millionaire was like Trainspotting but with a more Amélie feel. And 127 Hours was sold as being an action film where the hero doesn't move.
- Boyle to the American audience, who he lauds for their movie knowledge and appreciation: "If you read as many books as you've seen films, people would really respect you."
You can catch Boyle's upcoming film Trance in theaters starting April 5.