Friday 20 April 2018

‘Not my cup of tea’: Danny Boyle turned down a knighthood after Olympics opening ceremony triumph

Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle

Hannah Furness

OSCAR winning director Danny Boyle turned down a knighthood for his role in the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, because he believed his contribution was no more important than any of the other volunteers.

The director, who has been widely praised for his lavish celebration of British culture, said he was “very proud” of the ceremony but did not feel he could accept the knighthood.

He said he believed he was no more important than any individual volunteer at the 2012 Games, and did not want to accept anything that would change that.

"It's not my cup of tea," he said of the prospective honour. "I'm very proud. We all did the show equally and I didn't want anything to change that at all.

"It worked because of all of us; it was never about one person. No one person was any more important than anyone else, and that includes me."

Speaking as he accepted an award for Theatre Event of the Year alongside four of his volunteer colleagues at the Awards, he added he was proud the show had been so well received.

"We always said that if we had enough good people it might not be s---e," he joked. "And believe me, we met people who gave new definition and clarity to the word s---e. But we always had some wonderful people, some very special people.

"Love stories run through everything and it's lovely to celebrate that."

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