A Minute With: Danny Boyle and his hypnotic "Trance"

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. By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After producing last summer's London Summer Olympics opening ceremony, British filmmaker Danny Boyle is back in the movies with "Trance."

The psychological caper, opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday, stars James McAvoy as man who teams with a criminal (Vincent Cassel) to steal a painting, but suffers a blow to the head during the heist. Unable to remember where he hid the painting, the man works with a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to regain his memory.

The British filmmaker, 56, sat down with Reuters to talk about "Trance" and why it's unlikely he'll ever work with a major star.

Q: Your film is set in London but its three main stars are British, American and French. Yet the setting is sort of anonymous. Could you have shot it anywhere?

A: The original plan was to set it in Manhattan with an English girl because we always thought she should be from somewhere far away so that she didn't have somewhere to escape too quickly.

Q: So what happened?

A: We got this Olympics job so we realized that if we were going to make the film, we would have to set it in London and use an American girl. But I'm still very keen to work in New York. I've never made a film there and I think any serious filmmaker needs to make a film in New York.

Q: McAvoy's character is put under numerous trances by Dawson. Did you ever go under just for research sake?   Continued...

 
Director Danny Boyle poses for a portrait while promoting his movie "Trance" in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2013. Picture taken March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni