Elsewhere: Danny Boyle talks Slumdog

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Like Peter Sciretta at Slash Film, I was a little skeptical when I first heard Danny Boyle was making a movie involving India’s version of the popular game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Peter Sciretta: When I first heard about the film, the only thing that really attracted me to it was your name. Because at first glance, you know, the concept of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Danny Boyle: Yeah, I felt the same way about that show. Yeah, I thought, I don’t want to film about that show. It’s like I don’t know whether I like that show, I don’t think I do. I know when I watch it, it’s kind of compulsive viewing and there’s something vile about it and– but there’s also something wonderful about it which is why it’s a huge success around the world. And the great thing about it is you can tell the underdog story through it, because– and obviously that’s what we use it for is a device by which an underdog, a guy who apparently has nothing, climbs this ladder, apparently, and you climb it with him. And some of the questions and answers you can work out, and some of them are guesses. But because he’s got that relaxed thing I was talking about, about the beginning, about being kind of– he’s got that as well because his agenda for being on the show isn’t just to win the money, you know, it’s something else as well. And because he’s after that, he’s kind of like, “Okay, I’ll guess,” and he gets it right you know. Anyway…

Click HERE to read the rest of the interview with Danny Boyle about Slumdog Millionaire, a film many are calling the best of 2008.

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