In 1996, Trainspot­ting was the film that au­di­ences loved just as much as they hated, now the orig­i­nal cast and di­rec­tor are back

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES - JAMES POL­SON

‘Nos­tal­gia. It’s why you’re here. You’re a tourist in your own youth,” says Jonny Lee Miller’s Sick Boy mid­way through T2: Trainspot­ting, which hits screens to­day.

It is a theme that runs deep in the se­quel to Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult clas­sic, which re­unites Sick Boy, Ren­ton (Ewan McGre­gor), Beg­bie (Robert Car­lyle) and Spud (Ewen Brem­ner) two decades af­ter the orig­i­nal.

Ren­ton has spent the en­su­ing years in Am­s­ter­dam but re­turns to an Ed­in­burgh he can barely recog­nise and a past he can’t es­cape.

“I think the idea of this new Ed­in­burgh was use­ful in our story be­cause it’s moved on, and maybe th­ese char­ac­ters haven’t maybe moved on with it,” McGre­gor says.

“I think that was Danny’s use of it – he wanted to show this new, shiny city.” While T2: Trainspot­ting may not be as ex­plic­itly po­lit­i­cal as the orig­i­nal film, Boyle does ad­mit to a ner­vous mo­ment when the re­sults of last June’s ref­er­en­dum fil­tered through to the set.

“It’s kind of teased at,” he says.

“The Brexit vote hap­pened while we were shoot­ing and we had this scene built in where they ap­ply for a grant from the EU and then it was like ‘What are we go­ing to do?’

Also re­turn­ing is an up­dated ver­sion of Ren­ton’s famed mono­logue, which fea­tured heav­ily in pre-re­lease trail­ers.

“I think it’s a very per­sonal speech for John (Hodge), the writer,” McGre­gor says.

“I think there’s a great deal of him and his life in that speech, not just the stuff about Twit­ter and In­sta­gram which was what peo­ple’s ears seem to be grab­bing hold of the most. It was great and im­por­tant for the fans.”

Great for the fans but Car­lyle ad­mits to be­ing a stick­ler for nos­tal­gia him­self.

“Dread­fully,” he says. “I watch old foot­ball matches and stuff like that. I kind of wal­low in it, I love it. I don’t think nos­tal­gia for Trainspot­ting is any bad thing be­cause it was a great time.

“I think the au­di­ence hope­fully will see this film and think about what they were do­ing back then and be nos­tal­gic, and that’s good.’’ T2: Trainspot­ting screens in all ma­jor cin­e­mas from to­day.

Ewan McGre­gor as Mark Ren­ton and Jonny Lee Miller as Si­mon in T2: Trainspot­ting.

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