Danny Boyle: What my films have taught me

Danny Boyle learnt a lot from Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet on the set of Steve Jobs.

The flick, due out later this year, depicts the story of Apple CEO Steve. The tech visionary is played by Michael and Kate takes on the role of Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh team.

Danny helms the biographic tale and really enjoyed his time working on it.

“I learnt more about film acting. Especially [from] these two. A lot of it is their mental preparation. And it’s not about slavishly learning lines, though in this case it was, because of the nature of it. But the execution of it is simple, in a way. They just step into it. It was extraordinary. There’s no demarcation: ‘Stop that fun, everybody! Stop everything! Action!’ It was just, like, ‘Go!’ That was real film acting, and I loved kind of recording it, watching it happen,” Danny smiled to Variety.

“And something extraordinary happens to Fassbender in act three where he just is the guy. We set out not to make it slavish and gestural with the hair and everything, because that would be boring and we’d be concentrating on that. We just wanted to flow into it.”

Danny is behind some of cinema’s most iconic and celebrated films. His drama Slumdog Millionaire swept up at the Oscars in 2009, taking home eight golden statues.

Other notable work includes 127 Hours and 28 Days Later. But it’s perhaps one of Danny’s earliest films that remains one of his greatest.

“‘Take risks’ is the [lesson] I got from [Trainspotting]. Really take risks. I haven’t always clung to it but I certainly always return to it. And I love that. That’s what people go to the movies for. They don’t go to see what’s acceptable. John [Hodge, Trainspotting screenplay writer] adapted it in a way — it was impossible to adapt, so he didn’t try. He sort of was inspired by it and went off. And I love that in adaptations. It’s really irreverent to the skill,” he said of John’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel.

– Cover Media


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