Helmer takes a turn with kid-friendly pic

NEW YORK Having swapped sex and drugs for saints and angels, director Danny Boyle kicked off the New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival with his latest pic, the kid-friendly “Millions.”

Switch in genres was not lost on pint-sized cinephiles in attendance.

At the March 4 post-screening Q&A at the DGA theater, asked one, “Why did you make a kids movie? My parents said you made films for adults like “Trainshooting?'”

On working with kids (instead of say, flesh-eating zombies), Boyle told Variety, “You imagine you’re going to be highly interventionist, but the danger there is that you’re going to leave your fingerprints all over them. So you have to step back and relearn some of your skills.”

Boyle said he was lucky to find young thesps Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon, comparing the casting process to “kissing frogs.” He added, “I’d like to point out for legal purposes, no children were kissed during auditions.”

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