Director Danny Boyle has responded to recent charges originating in British tabloids that the young actors from the Mumbai slums who appeared in his Slumdog Millionaire were poorly paid. At the London Film Critics' Circle Awards Wednesday, Boyle maintained that the figures mentioned in the reports "were not true at all." He insisted that the young actors "were paid very well." He added that he would not disclose the actual amount because doing so "would make them vulnerable to certain elements, because they are quite large sums of money." He also said that his production company also provided an educational fund for them. "We are very proud of the way we have dealt with everybody," Boyle said, "and it's sad that it's been misreported." At Wednesday's Film Critics ceremonies, Slumdog won the award for best British Film, best British director (Boyle) and Screenwriter (Simon Beaufoy).

05/02/2009