Telluride Interview: The Real-Life Aron Ralston of '127 Hours'
by Alex Billington
September 7, 2010
One of the most incredible and unforgettable experiences of the Telluride Film Festival was meeting and talking with Aron Ralston, the mountaineer whose real-life story is the basis of Danny Boyle's riveting new thriller 127 Hours, which has lots of buzz coming out of the fest. I first met him at a party Fox Searchlight held one evening and the following morning, Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I interviewed him on video. When you see the film (watch the trailer) you'll know why there's just something so amazing about meeting the guy that actually went through all of that and it's even more inspirational to hear from him personally.
Watch our video interview with the real-life Aron Ralston of Danny Boyle's 127 Hours:
As a recap for anyone who doesn't know, Ralston's right hand was smashed under a boulder while hiking in Utah in 2003, and after surviving pinned there for over five days, he had to amputate his own arm to escape alive. If watching that interview doesn't make you want to see 127 Hours, then I don't think there's anything else I can say or do to convince you. I was admittedly overly critical in my initial reaction to the film over the weekend, but after speaking with Ralston and Danny Boyle, as well as discussing the film further with Peter and other critics in town, I've warmed up to it and I can't wait to see it again, as I expect to love it a lot more.
Fox Searchlight will be bringing Danny Boyle's 127 Hours to limited theaters starting this November 5th.