SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE director Danny Boyle worships the pastor who talked him out of joining the priesthood as a boy - because he loves his movie career. The 52-year-old was eager to please his mum by dedicating his life to religion when he was younger.
But after earning a series of honours for his latest film - about a former street child who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Boyle is certain he's chosen the right career path.
He says, "It's not a joke - actually there (are) loads of directors who as a side-off kind of flirted with the priesthood. Martin Scorsese, John Wood. My mom's a very devout Catholic from Ireland and she wanted me, her eldest son, to be a priest.
"There was this priest who said to me, 'I don't think you should do it. I think you should wait until girls and music and all those things come into your life.' And I don't know if he was trying to save me or the priesthood (but) I'm very grateful to him for it."
Boyle's film has already won gongs at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards. It has also received 11 nominations at the upcoming British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs), airing Sunday (08Feb09), and ten nods at the upcoming Oscars, held in Los Angeles on 22 February (09).