The Big Issue : Edition 530
THE BIG ISSUE 10 – 23 FEB 2017 27 transformed Welsh into a household name and catapulted its stars to Hollywood. A sequel, loosely based on Welsh’s 2002 book Porno, struggled to get off the ground for more than a decade, beset by various spats that included McGregor, who played central character Mark Renton, and Boyle at odds. “Obviously people had fallen out with one another and had their differences, which has been patched up now,” says Welsh. “But far more significant is that everybody has been so busy. It had to be the same creative team, the same actors. Once you decide on that, it becomes difficult, as you need to get everyone to say yes at the same time. To sync up these people, with the best will in the world, becomes very hard. “No-one wants to trash the legacy and there was a bit of trepidation,” Welsh adds. “We had to find something that wasn’t going to make people think we many people’s culture growing up,” Welsh says. “When people see T2 they’ll think about what they were doing when they saw the first movie, how their lives have gone.” He believes viewers will identify with the characters as they go through the same things. “We’ve lived in such a narcissistic, individualistic culture for 30 years,” he says. “I don’t think that people get old in the same way now. We rebel and fight against it. You go to a rave these days and there’s three generations of the one family jumping around. But we do age. There’s a reality of the looming mortality.” He points to what he describes as a “disintegrating society” – citing unemployment, wages and politics as examples. “It’s facing up to these big existential crises. It’s very hard to say that one movie can capture all of this. But it does. And it captures it all on an incredible emotional level.” by Andrew Burns (@andrewburns49) » T2 Trainspotting is out 23 February. “I don’t think people get old in the same way now.” were in search of a quick buck.” Naturally, Welsh waxes lyrical about his other cinema adaptations, which include The Acid House (1998), Ecstasy (2011) and Filth (2013). Nothing, however, came close to catching fire like Trainspotting. T2, he enthuses, hits the spot. “I thought, all the ingredients are there, we can’t fuck this up. But I was blown away by how good it was. It’s much, much stronger than the first film. It’s got all that energy of the first film but it’s also got much more depth. It’s a film student’s wet dream. There’s so much subtext to it, so much going on, they’ll be looking at it, talking about it and debating it for years.” Where Trainspotting was set in Edinburgh’s mid-80s heroin culture, T2 finds Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy (Miller) and Spud (Bremner) older and greyer. The Cool Britannia hedonism and chaos of Trainspotting makes way for a theme we can all relate to: ageing. “Trainspotting was fundamental to so SPOT THEM: SPUD (EWEN BREMNER), RENTON (EWAN McGREGOR) SICK BOY (JONNY LEE MILLER), BEGBIE (ROBERT CARLYLE), FROM LEFT.