Just A Minute With: British Director Danny Boyle

Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:01pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British director Danny Boyle had never been to India before he traveled there to film "Slumdog Millionaire" -- his new movie that tells the story of a Hindi street kid who rises from the slums of Mumbai and competes on a television game show to win a fortune.

But that did not stop the director of "Trainspotting" and "28 Days Later" from bringing India's rich colors, culture and frenetic pace to his movie that has been generating Oscar buzz and was named best film of the year by the National Board of Review.

The 52-year-old director, who won the best director award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for the film, spoke to Reuters recently about how India changed him spiritually, and he recalled his earlier days growing up in Manchester and London.

On Thursday, the movie garnered four Golden Globe nominations, including one for best film drama, and in a separate interview Boyle talked briefly about the nominations.

Q. A reporter who just left your last interview called you a "rock star" and in her "top ten."

A. "I wish I was a rock star! Well that was sort of my dream really, was to be in Led Zeppelin."

"I remember reading about Led Zeppelin touring America and just going round and round America and never stopping touring, It was the only way you could break America. And I always think of them when I come to do these publicity tour rounds. I think I've got to do this, Led Zeppelin did it, I've got to do it!"

Q. You have said that you grew spiritually while filming in India.   Continued...

<p>English director Danny Boyle poses for a portrait during a press day for his new film "Slumdog Millionaire" in New York, October 24, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>