Mon, September 23, 2013

Danny Boyle coy about Opening Ceremony climax

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency




LONDON - It was the biggest show on Earth, but for England, it was the most-expensive “warm-up act.”

The London Olympic Games opening ceremony is costing more than $42 million, which included a major fireworks display, farm animals on a makeshift meadow and a performance by Beatle Paul McCartney.

“We are a warm up act,” said director Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning filmmaker for Slumdog Millionaire. “Tonight’s a warmup act for the Games.”

Boyle said it is also a special date personally. His father Frank was born on July 27.

“My dad was a mad Olympics fan, introduced me to Olympics, really,” Boyle told reporters Friday morning. “Sadly he died about 18 months ago.”

He said the show charted the history of Great Britain and its culture from its agrarian roots to the industrial revolution, which began in London in the 18th century. The story included soap operas, the advent of the Internet, social networking and even the National Health Service, the socialized medical system that Boyle said is “very dear to people’s hearts here.”

Boyle said the show has “no bull” in it, there’s no point-making either,” and conceded that non-Brits may be confused by some of the subtleties.

“You do do the show for yourselves, you can’t do it for the whole world,” Boyle said. “Some of the audience will be baffled at times. I hope it is charming, not really annoying.”

What may be a guaranteed annoyance is the length of the athletes’ parade. Representatives of 204 national Olympic committees will carry their flags into the stadium.

“Nobody can predict how the athletes will turn up and how long the parade will be,” he said. “It’s the great unknown.”

Boyle is, however, not worried what critics might think about his self-proclaimed “celebration of generosity.”

“Whatever comes our way comes our way,” he said. “It’s live and one time only, I’ll never do one again.”