Director took on big job as tribute to dad
THE deeply personal, madcap vision for the spectacular ceremony that opened the 2012 Olympics was inspired by the memory of director Danny Boyle's late father.
Speaking hours before the £27m (€34.5m) show that has been three years in the making, Boyle said his late father's love for the Olympics was the reason he accepted Lord Coe's invitation to direct it.
"I took this job for a lot of reasons. I live locally, and thought I had the confidence and status to take it on, which you need," he said.
"But, I did it because my dad was a mad Olympics fan, seriously crazy, sitting up all night watching Olympics from Mexico or wherever. Sadly, he died 18 months ago, so he didn't quite make it."
He said the show, which coursed from our "green and pleasant land" to the digital age of social media via the industrial revolution, was an attempt to explore Britain's new place in the world.