Beaufoy revives the working-class hero
Though he is acing his appearance on “Who Wants to be a Millioniare?,” the hero of “Slumdog Millionaire” is clearly an underdog. And that’s why the film works, says scribe Simon Beaufoy.“They’re underrepresented in cinema,” especially in his native U.K, says Beaufoy,. “For a brief period there was such a thing as the working-class hero, but we’ve all become middle-class. We’ve written ourselves out, into a ‘sophisticated’ place.” India, with its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, offered a new approach. “What’s brilliant about India is that anything’s possible. It’s a young country, like America. I’ve got this naive optimism that the underdog can prevail and overcome, and transposing that to somewhere as uncynical and romantic as India gave me a whole new lease on life.”
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