Danny Boyle would prefer to be in a permanent state of naivety than a cynic when it comes to making movies
The British filmmaker has helmed many successful flicks over his nearly 30-year career, including the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, drama 127 Hours and crime thriller Trance. His latest movie is biopic Steve Jobs, with German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender taking on the role of the title Apple co-founder. There’s no doubting Danny’s talents as a director, but he doesn’t let the success go to his head, instead keeping a modest outlook when taking on new projects.
“I have thought that a couple of times about different projects, where you go, ‘I know how to do this. I’ve done this before,'” he told W magazine when asked as if he feels like he’s still learning. “But you’re finished. It’s terrible. You should be in an enforced and permanent state of naivety. Within that naivety, there is an essential dose of cunning that’s necessary – animal cunning – to be a director.
“But the naivety is really crucial too. You need to have big eyes about things, otherwise you feel like a know-it-all or a cynic and I hate that. You’ve got to look at stuff afresh constantly and learning all the time. It sounds like a cliché, and it is a cliché, but I mean it.”
Danny praises Michael’s “uncompromising” approach to Steve Jobs and feels the star has something very “Jobsian” about him. He also discussed Kate Winslet’s role as Joanna Hoffman, of the original Mac and NeXT team, in the feature and how effortlessly the actress slipped into the part.
“She’s playing this woman Joanna Hoffman who is basically the enabler; she does everything for Jobs and is the equal of him, and Winslet became that,” Danny gushed. “She did everything on set – sorted all the problems; any tension, she’d heal. I think she’s a bit like that anyway, but I realised that what she was doing was what she was playing as well.”
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