Danny Boyle Exclusive Video Interview SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

     November 18, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

By now you’ve probably heard about “Slumdog Millionaire”. It’s the Danny Boyle movie that took the Toronto Film Festival by storm and it hasn’t slowed down since. In fact, since Toronto, the talk around town is that “Slumdog” could be an Oscar contender for Best Picture…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves….

What you need to know about “Slumdog Millionaire” is that it’s about love. All the other things you’ve heard about the movie….from the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire being used as a plot decide, to the film showing how tough the India streets can be, ultimately, love is what the movie is about and that’s why it strikes such a cord with so many.

Also, unlike a lot of the Christmas time movies that sometimes veer to the depressing side… “Slumdog” is an uplifting film that makes audiences cheer. And that’s probably why so many have fallen hard for this movie.

And while we have some tough critics here on Collider….even Matt and Brian have raved about the movie with Brian giving it an A minus and Matt giving it an A plus! And Matt’s heart has been frozen for years.

Since this intro is now way too long…let me wrap up by saying “Slumdog Millionaire” is definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this year and when it finally opens in your area…go and seek it out immediately.

Anyway, let’s get to the reason you’re here….my video interview with director Danny Boyle.

What you’re about to watch was shot in his hotel room here in Los Angeles about a week ago. It was done after I’d already done the roundtable interviews (that will be posted at another time), so instead of just talking about the movie at hand, we talked about a variety of subjects. If you’re a fan of Danny’s work, I think you’ll like hearing him talk about what movies he’s enjoyed this year and what he went through to get “Slumdog” into theaters.

Finally, if you’ve seen “Slumdog”, Danny tells me all about what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray and he says they cut a complete question out of the movie! And of course I asked him about a sequel to “28 Days Later”…..

And one last thing for those that don’t know the story of “Slumdog Millionaire,” here are some movie clips and here’s the synopsis:

Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out…

Danny Boyle Part 1

  • I ask what movies he’s seen this year that he’s loved – he talks a lot about Tropic Thunder
  • I ask Danny when he thinks the Academy will take comedy as seriously as drama
  • Since he always make films in different genres, I ask him why he does it – he talks about why your first film is so important…
  • We talk about what it’s been like for him to watch Slumdog lose its USA distribution, then get picked up by Fox Searchlight, and now it’s loved both audiences and critics alike.

Danny Boyle Part 2

  • Since he filmed in India for so long…I ask if he could go back to India for one day…where would he go
  • We talk deleted scenes – what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray of Slumdog Millionaire
  • He says they cut a complete question out of the movie! He also says it was a very complicated question.
  • Is he a fan of the extended cut or does he like a separate section for deleted scenes
  • Says for this DVD it will all be in a deleted section and not part of the movie
  • I ask about the 28 Days Later sequel – since he always goes from genre to genre, why does he want to go back to that movie. He says it’s due to the story he has
  • The final question…I ask him what does he want to tell all of you about Slumdog Millionaire

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