Danny Boyle spaced out by Franco

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Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 award-winning British drama film directed by Danny Boyle. An adaptation of the novel "Q & A" by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup, the movie's plot revolves around a young man named Jamal Malik. Upon appearing on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", Jamal surprises everyone including the show host by continually getting questions right. This leads to him being hauled away for interrogation. Looking back on his childhood in the Juhu slums of Mumbai, Jamal must recall the experiences that gave him the answers to each question.
December 4th, 2010

Danny Boyle thought James Franco was "stoned" when they first met.

The Oscar-winning director had reservations about casting the actor in the lead role in '127 Hours' - which follows the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston who was forced to cut off his own arm after becoming trapped by a boulder when a climbing expedition in Robbers Roost, Utah, in 2003 went wrong - after finding him to be distant and monosyllabic when he first approached him.

Danny admitted: "I thought, like a lot of people do, that James was stoned. It wasn't a great meeting. But then I spoke to someone at Fox who said he was just sussing us out. And he wasn't high - he's abstemious, he doesn't even drink."

The English filmmaker has also revealed he was thrilled by the success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' as he knew it would make it much easier to get '127 Hours' - which he acquired the rights to in 2006 - made.

He explained: "When 'Slumdog' took off, I thought, 'We've got a chance now to make this film.'

"We had credit in the bank and I felt we could persuade the studio to back what must have been a terrifying prospect. But I never saw the film in that way - I saw it as compelling beyond belief."