Following a successful film festival run, 127 Hours opens next Friday and is sure to be one of the most praised and discussed films of 2010.
The movie is based on the incredible true story of Aron Ralston, who was trapped in an isolated canyon and forced to amputate his own arm to survive.
The inspiring tale captured the public’s imagination in 2003 and inevitably a film had to be made.
Fortunately, Ralston was intimately involved, ensuring that the production accurately represented his experience.
Metro got a chance to speak with Ralston during an appearance at this year’s TIFF where he excitedly discussed the long-gestating project.
When asked if he ever imagined this film would be made, Ralston laughed,
“Definitely not. As I was amputating my arm, my only thought and that was, ‘Wow this is going to be an incredible story to tell my friends.’ That was it,” he said. “I didn’t think that anyone outside of my circle would even care.”
Ralston struggled for years to produce a documentary, but when that proved difficult to finance, he happily changed tracks to make a fictional version with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.
“I love how Danny wanted to stay in the canyon and only show my perspective,” explained Ralston.
“He presented the story in a very authentic manner so that it’s always truthful even when it’s not factual. I’ve seen it five times now and I still cry for the better part of the second half. I couldn’t be happier.”