Guess not everyone wants to be called Sir! Danny Boyle, the British director of the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours has turned down being knighted by the Queen after being nominated for the high honor for his role in staging the amazing opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics (Voldemort vs. Mary Poppins? Classic!). Boyle revealed this decision in an interview recently.
Why would he do such a thing? According to Boyle, the reason is quite simple. Boyle said that his work as the artistic director would not have been possible without the assistance of thousands of people. Boyle told the U.K.’s Radio Times by way of The Huffington Post that, “It’s just not me.” He added, “ I also thought it was wrong, actually.”
Boyle further explained with, “You can make these speeches about ‘this is everybody’s work, blah blah blah.’ And you’ve got to mean it, and I did mean it, and it is true, and it’s the only way you can carry on something like that: through the efforts of all the people. I don’t know whether I’ll ever get invited back to the Palace.”
Boyle sans knighthood, in the meantime, is planning to revisit his early classic, 1996’s Trainspotting. Boyle told the radio program that he and John Hodge, are currently working on a first draft being adapted from Porno, the sequel to Trainspotting from novelist Irvine Welsh. The sequel follows up with the hapless characters 20 years later.
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