- Title: Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor and Irvine Welsh premiere 'T2 Trainspotting'
- Date: 23rd January 2017
- Summary: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) ROTATING T2 LOGO FANS DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE ON CARPET ACTOR EWAN MCGREGOR SPEAKING TO IN-HOUSE TV CREW AUTHOR IRVINE WELSH SPEAKING TO PRESS CAMERAMAN FILMING BOYLE WALKING ON CARPET (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, DANNY BOYLE, ASKED WHY THE SEQUEL TOOK SO LONG, SAYING: ''The truth is we didn't have a good enough script until now and without a good enough script Irvine, you know the Irvine stories are so extraordinary that we needed a film script that John finally managed to produce and so he kept us waiting until the last possible moment and then he turned in his script and as soon as he gave it us I knew we'd make it, I knew I'd be here, knew the four of them would do it, I just knew - I thought the four of them will do that we'll make it and it will be ok - I am not going to pretend to you it's the greatest film in the world that's up for you to say or not - but I know it's a decent enough film to stand beside the other one.'' FANS AND WOMAN ON CARPET TAKING PICTURE ACTOR EWAN MCGREGOR SPEAKING TO PRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR EWAN MCGREGOR, SAYING: ''No I just had to read John's script, it was such a beautiful piece of writing very clever and personal and emotional piece of writing and I was just thrilled to get a chance to play these people again. There's something about these characters in this film that we feel like we know them, that they are friends of ours or something you know and so to come back to them and find out what they're up to now is very - it doesn't really feel like a sequel, we didn't try and re-make Trainspotting - we didn't try and do that - Danny's intention was never to do that so it's a very different kind of film I think.''
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- Keywords: Trainspotting T2 Danny Boyle Ewan McGregor Irvine Welsh Renton
- Location: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND / VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- City: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND / VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA001605WTVX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Fans and stars braved freezing Scottish weather to flock to the premiere of T2 Trainspotting on Sunday, the sequel to the era-defining story of Edinburgh drug addicts Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and thug Begbie two decades on.
Trainspotting tracked the sordid and tragi-comic side of Scottish street life via the friends' drug-addled criminal activity to a pulsating soundtrack. The 1996 film won huge critical acclaim and gave voice to a largely unknown section of British society.
Like the first film, T2 Trainspotting contains elements of shameless fun, heart-racing sequences and excruciating moments. But it is essentially about the nature of friendship, getting older and the far-reaching consequences of a risky youth.
''I know it's a decent enough film to stand beside the other one,'' director Danny Boyle said at the world premiere in Edinburgh on Sunday (January 22). Explaining that it's been 21 years since the first film because he was waiting for the right script.
Trainspotting won a cult following and propelled the careers of all its cast headed by Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle. It also launched novelist Irvine Welsh and director Danny Boyle who went on to win a clutch of Oscars for "Slumdog Millionaire" and directed Britain's Olympics opening ceremony.
"(The script) was clever and personal and emotional and we were thrilled to get to play these people again. There's something about them that we feel that we know them, that they are friends of ours," McGregor, who plays anti-hero Renton, told Reuters.
Welsh, who wrote Trainspotting and Porno, the sequel that this film is loosely based on, told Reuters he preferred the second film to the first.
"The first one is a big energy rush and... it showed people a world that many people didn't know existed at the time," he said.
"This one is much more layered, it's much deeper. It still has that visceral kind of energy but it kind of unravels."
When asked if there might be a third movie and if so would fans have to wait another 20 years, he joked:
''Well not in another 20 years, really I am surprised I am actually still here now - I am not going to be here in 20 years, or not in any kind of serviceable form, so I am hoping that if we do another, I would hope it would be within a kind of five-year timeline rather than a twenty-year time line.''
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