Boyle's Early Priesthood Ambitions

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE director DANNY BOYLE worships the pastor who talked him out of joining the priesthood as a boy - because he loves his movie career. The 52-year-old was eager to please his mum by dedicating his life to religion when he was younger.
But after earning a series of honours for his latest film - about a former street child who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Boyle is certain he's chosen the right career path.
He says, "It's not a joke - actually there (are) loads of directors who as a side-off kind of flirted with the priesthood. Martin Scorsese, John Wood. My mom's a very devout Catholic from Ireland and she wanted me, her eldest son, to be a priest.
"There was this priest who said to me, 'I don't think you should do it. I think you should wait until girls and music and all those things come into your life.' And I don't know if he was trying to save me or the priesthood (but) I'm very grateful to him for it."
Boyle's film has already won gongs at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards. It has also received 11 nominations at the upcoming British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs), airing Sunday (08Feb09), and ten nods at the upcoming Oscars, held in Los Angeles on 22 February (09).


Tags: Danny Boyle - BAFTA


More Danny Boyle

Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs after Leonardo DiCaprio Passes

Christian Bale will play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in Sony's forthcoming biopic, sources confirm. The project boasts a huge pedigree with Danny Boyle...

Dream Team: Danny Boyle And Leonardo DiCaprio For Steve Jobs Biopic

Dream team Leonardo DiCaprio and Danny Boyle may be teaming up once again to work on the Aaron Sorkin-written biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs....

Leonardo DiCaprio Odds-On For Steve Jobs Biopic, Danny Boyle Favourite To Direct

It’s all going on. Sony have revealed plans to make a film surround the late Steve Jobs’ life; Leonardo DiCaprio is favourite to play the...

Danny Boyle Is Perfect for Steve Jobs Movie - But Leonardo DiCaprio?

Danny Boyle is in talks to direct Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, which could be a masterstroke given the script's original and unusual narrative. According...


Babylon Hits Channel 4 - Has The Danny Boyle Comedy/Drama Impressed?

Danny Boyles name is enough to get people up and interested in a new project, so when his new TV series, Babylon – on Channel...

What Can We Find Out About Fergie's Fledglings In 'Class Of '92?'

Six of Manchester United's most famous player of the modern era - David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil and Gary Neville...

Danny Boyle Planning Another Heist - This Time, It's Diamonds

Having enjoyed his experience with Trance, Danny Boyle is set to take on the heist genre once again as he agrees to helm a movie...

Danny Boyle Signs On To Direct 'Pink Panthers' Movie

Danny Boyle has agreed to adapt the documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers into a feature-length film. The Trainspotting director chose...



Danny Boyle Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Danny Boyle

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All