Danny Boyle Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


4th January 2016

Quote: "Steve Jobs is fighting IBM at the beginning and he said, 'Do you know where the word HAL, the great computer in 2001, comes from...?' and it comes from IBM... HAL, they are the (three) letters before IBM... I was like, 'Why did I not know that?'" Filmmaker Danny Boyle learned something interesting, linked to Arthur C. Clarke's sci-fi novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, while researching his Steve Jobs biopic.


28th February 2014

Quote: "There are some very good examples out there of productions that have taken very good care of their kids. Harry Potter is the most extraordinary example of them. How (they) kept those three kids sane, the parents in the infrastructure over that extended period of time, with that kind of spotlight on that? Extraordinary." British director Danny Boyle was impressed with the way Harry Potter bosses looked after the franchise's young stars.


13th October 2013

Fact: Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is bringing his talents to the small screen with a Tv mini-series centred around the Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged Adolf Hitler's nuclear development programme during World War Ii. The Academy Award-winner will direct the new 10-part miniseries, titled Telemark, for America's FX Network.


7th May 2013

Fact: Oscar-winning filmmaker and London Olympics mastermind Danny Boyle has been honoured with a special centenary award for services to the arts at a gala marking the 100th birthday of the UK Critics' Circle. Theatre director Max Stafford Clark, late conductor Sir Colin Davis and choreographer Sir Peter Wright were also saluted at the Tuesday (07May13) ceremony, held at London's Barbican Centre.


29th March 2013

Quote: "My own drug experiences are very limited. I smoked dope in college and fell asleep, so I never bothered with it again." Director Danny Boyle had little interest in experimenting with illegal substances during his youth.


26th March 2013

Quote: "I don't use 3D. I'm a spectacle wearer, so I hate going to 3D movies because you have to wear two pairs of spectacles, which makes you feel like even more of a p**t (fool). You know how everybody feels a bit of p**t wearing the 3D spectacles - you, as a spectacle wearer, feel a double p**t." Director Danny Boyle is not a fan of the innovative movie technique.


24th March 2013

Quote: "It was a big pressure for someone who does not seek the limelight, but she believes in education and literacy, so stepped out despite being really scared." J.K. Rowling suffered nerves before taking to the stage during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics last year (12), according to director Danny Boyle. The Harry Potter creator read out a passage from Peter Pan in a tribute to British children's literature.


21st March 2013

Quote: "It's not for me. I like working under the radar a bit more, so you can take risks." Oscar winner Danny Boyle has no interest in directing a Bond movie.


20th March 2013

Quote: "It's just not me. I also thought it was wrong, actually... I don't know whether I'll ever get invited back to the Palace." Moviemaker Danny Boyle on turning down a knighthood last year (12).


12th September 2012

Fact: Props used in director Danny Boyle's Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in July (12) have been put up for auction. Giant looms, a crucible and two cranes featured in the London curtain-raiser are being sold online on the Pfc Auctions website.


13th August 2012

Quote: "Danny, what were you thinking? We've got a song called Fire and there's a massive cauldron being set alight - it would have been perfect. I've enjoyed every second of the Olympics though, even the archery." Kasabian star Serge Pizzorno is upset Danny Boyle didn't pick the band to perform at his Opening Ceremony extravaganza for the London 2012 Olympics, which came to a close on Sunday (12Aug12).


14th February 2011

Quote: "I remember seeing Pineapple Express and Milk and thinking, 'Wow, this guy's got real range, hasn't he?'" Director Danny Boyle on his decision to cast James Franco in 127 HOURS.


11th December 2010

Quote: "I was expecting walkouts... I thought the studio would try to water it down... We've had no walkouts, but we have had a few carry-outs. People have found it too much." Director Danny Boyle on the reaction to James Franco's self-amputation scene in 127 HOURS.


29th October 2010

Quote: "We camped out at the canyon for six days. It had been 30 years since I'd been camping, and it'll be another 30 before I do it again." Director Danny Boyle on heading into Blue John Canyon in Utah to film his new movie, 127 HOURS.


29th October 2010

Quote: "You can imagine how nervous I am. It's quite a responsibility and there'll be a few sleepless nights and it will probably shorten my life by about five years, but to be honest, I feel very privileged to be asked." British filmmaker Danny Boyle is gearing up to direct the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


21st October 2010

Quote: "Those statues we won really helped. Besides the money and trust funds that came to the cast, we used that film to blackmail the same Fox Searchlight producers for money to produce this new film." Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle relied on his success with SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE to make his new movie 127 HOURS.


21st October 2010

Quote: "It's as riveting as the Chilean miners rescue. I saw myself in that situation and wondered, would I be able to do that? Would I survive? Since every single one of us will die, it's a journey we'll all have. Our experience depends on what's at stake." Director Danny Boyle compares his new movie 127 HOURS, which stars James Franco as a stranded climber, to the recent rescue of 33 Chilean miners, who were brought to the surface after two months underground.


21st March 2009

Quote: "I do get mistaken for Morrissey. Not so much these days but I used to a lot." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE director Danny Boyle reckons he's the spitting image of the former The Smiths frontman.


18th March 2009

Quote: "It's a very good job they actually give them to you. Because I cannot really remember much of the Oscar ceremony itself. You would never believe you won!" SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE filmmaker Danny Boyle is glad he received an Academy Award statuette for Best Director - as it helps to remind him that he actually won.


2nd March 2009

Fact: Eight-time Academy Award-winning film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE has earned the biggest post-Oscar boost at the U.S. box office since TITANIC, taking in an additional $12.2 million (£8.7 million) at the weekend (27Feb09/01Mar09). The Danny Boyle film fell $3 million (£2.1 million) short of the $15.2 million (£10.8 million) bump James Cameron's 1997 movie earned at the box office the week after winning Best Picture in 1998.


2nd March 2009

Quote: "(It's a) brilliant idea. It would be great fun. They could take the mickey out of us (make jokes) mercilessly. They could get their own back." Director Danny Boyle on rumours he has been offered the chance to appear on the British version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - the game show which inspired his Oscar-winning SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.


2nd March 2009

Quote: "I'm delighted Elbow were offered it too. I sent (frontman) GUY (GARVEY) a couple of messages when they won the Mercury Prize and he sent me a couple when we won our awards." Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle on being honoured in his hometown of Bury, England, along with the critically-acclaimed rockers.


2nd March 2009

Quote: "I said if we won I'd buy a round (of drinks) for everyone at the bar. It's getting expensive now. I said that for the Golden Globes too." Danny Boyle admits picking up an Oscar for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is costing him dearly at his local pub.


23rd February 2009

Quote: "You worry that it's like the The Matrix, that it's all an invention and actually you'll step through the door and it's not there. It's an incredible feeling." Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle on scooping the Academy Award for Best Picture.


9th February 2009

Quote: "The wiring in my dad's house blew overnight and this is a big shoutout to everybody who helped him get the extension cable in so he can watch it on television, because it means a lot to him." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE filmmaker Danny Boyle made an unusual dedication in his Best Director speech.


28th January 2009

Quote: "It was actually peanut butter and chocolate... In between takes, everyone was licking it. It tasted so good." Dev Patel on what director Danny Boyle used instead of human faeces for one of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE's pivotal scenes.


14th January 2009

Quote: “Whether he was saving me from the priesthood or saving the priesthood from me, I don’t know. But quite soon after, I started doing drama.” SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE director Danny Boyle was warned against attending a seminary school when he was 14.


13th January 2009

Fact: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE director Danny Boyle added another award to his mantelpiece on Monday (12Jan08) night following his Golden Globes success - after picking up the Best Director prize at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.


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