Oscar winner Director Danny Boyle admits that the success of Slumdog Millionaire helped him make ‘127 Hours’.
Following Slumdog, the director says he found himself ‘inundated with offers of work’. Yet he was determined not to react to Slumdog’s success, which would have been “foolish”, he adds.
Having already decided in 2006 to bring Ralston’s story to the big screen, Boyle decided to use the “power” Slumdog gave him to finance the project.
It also helped Danny convince Aron Ralston (on whose real life story the film is based) to lend his story for a dramatized film. The explorer had been keen to make a documentary, in which he appeared as himself. Yet Boyle was adamant this would not have worked. “I told Aron that if we employed him as the ‘actor’, it would be terrible. No one would have believed it.
“My point was we would achieve so much more with a proper actor.”
And after Ralston saw the movie, he realized that Boyle had made the correct decision, the climber told the BBC World Service.
“He was right, it was a much more powerful and inspiring film for people to see and experience,” he said.
–Showbiz PR Wire