James Franco 'uninterested' in 127 Hours

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A dramatization of the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became pinned under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah. Ralston was stuck in the same position for five days until he made a courageous decision to free himself. Directed by Danny Boyle, 127 Hours stars James Franco in a performance that earned him an Oscar nod.
November 2nd, 2010

James Franco seemed "uninterested" and "high" when '127 Hours' was pitched to him.

The film's director Danny Boyle thought the Hollywood actor had taken drugs when he first met with him to star in the project - about a climber who is forced to cut off his own arm when he becomes trapped under a rock - until he received a call the next day from his agent confirming he had been part of an elaborate test set up by Franco.

He said: "When I first met James, he was very uninterested in our meeting, I almost thought he was high or something.

"The next day, his agent called me and told that that is how James always is, she said that he was testing me as a director."

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny always intended to make a film about climber Aron Ralston from when he first heard the story, but wasn't sure how to go about it.

He told Daily Campus: "I knew that one day, I would like to make a film about it.

"At first, Aron wanted to do a documentary with re-enactments, however, I didn't think that was the direction to go. Aron didn't know the lengths he would have to go to accomplish that goal."