Danny Boyle’s Greatest Hits

From 'Trainspotting' to the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
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"Early on, I remember being accused of making films that were like MTV videos," says Oscar-winning, British director Danny Boyle, whose new film Trance premieres April 5th. "But I always loved MTV, so I didn't see it as anything to be ashamed of. I was quite proud of it, actually. Like, 'No, fuck off!' With the arrival of Walkmen and earbuds, the music was running in your head all the time." From the dance anthems of Trainspotting to the throbbing dread of 28 Days Later, the thumping M.I.A. of Slumdog Millionaire, and his jagged soundtrack for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Danny Boyle's career has had a bold pop backbeat. "Pop music has just become so much a part of our lives," says Boyle, 56, who grew up on the Beatles, then fell in love with Bowie and Zeppelin, punk, dance music and Britpop. "I emphasize that in the work because pop music refreshes us, it completes us, it renews us." Here he walks through his filmography's greatest hits.

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