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Danny Boyle: I'm very concerned about '127 Hours' fainting victims [video]

November 4, 2010 |  3:22 pm

Confusion broke out at the Beverly Hills premiere of "127 Hours" Wednesday evening when a young woman suffered a seizure midway through the film. (At the end of the screening, director Danny Boyle promptly took to the stage to say that the incident was unrelated to the movie.)

Only hours before on the red carpet, Boyle downplayed the incidents of fainting and vomiting during some of the film's early screenings after viewing a graphic amputation scene. The director emphasized that only a "very small number of people" had passed out, and said that often, those individuals returned to the theater after coming to.

"It’s not like a revulsion, like they’ve been caught out by something," Boyle explained. "I think the intensity of the journey he takes them on climaxes and they just kind of go away for a few minutes in their minds. It’s like, ‘I’m overloading.' " Check out the full video below.

--Amy Kaufman



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My wife recently fainted and went into a seizure while watching 127 Hours; she kept her eyes shut during the amputation scene but the unrelenting and overwhelming horror of the sound effects and the amount of blood splattered across the main character's mouth after the scene was over was too much for her. She does not have a history of this sort of thing nor has she ever fainted or anything similar while watching a film. The horror I experieced as a husband watching the woman I love convulse until unconscious for the first time in my life was something I will sadly never forget.

Danny Boyle needs to fully understand the responsibility he has as a filmmaker and the impact such a horrific scene can have on his audience. What galls me the most is the fact that the movie did not need to become a showcase for such realistic violence - everyone in the audience knew what was coming and yet was already gripped by the story and the main character. Now all that's left to think about regarding the film is that horrific scene, not the story, not the filmmaking in general. And of course, the large amount of audience members that have become victims of irresponsible choices made by a so-called artist and director. Sad that the attention on these fainting spells and seizures will only bring him more fame and fortune. His comments stating that instead of fainting or having seizures, audience members simply "go away for a few minutes in their minds.", is further proof that his judgement should not be trusted as a director, nor should he be paraded around as an Oscar contender considering the health impact his choices have made on several individuals hoping to find entertainment at the theatre.


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