Friday, March 25, 2005

‘Trainspotting’ Director: ‘I’ll Gladly Work With Children’

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Director Danny Boyle went from working with gory zombies in the movie 28 Days Later to coaching child actors for his latest effort, the kid-friendly fable, Millions – but that wasn’t as drastic a change in jobs as you might think.

The filmmaker – who also helmed the gritty drug movie Trainspotting – says working with kids was nowhere near the “big trial” he’d expected it to be because his pint-sized actors were still able to act like real kids when the cameras started rolling.

In fact, Boyle says the bigger challenge was controlling his adult crew members, who would shush the kids when they’d goof off between takes.

He says the scolding killed the kids’ enthusiasm for performing, so he had to curb his crew and ask them to be more patient.

Still, Boyle says he understands where other directors are coming from when they caution against working with kids. As he puts it, “When they lose their concentration or get tired, you gotta let nature take its course. You can’t bribe them or threaten them like adult actors.”

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