Trainspotting at 25: Robert Carlyle reveals details of new series after Begbie – as ‘definitive’ book marks film’s 25th anniversary | Ents & Arts News

Robert Carlyle has revealed details of a show meant to bring Begbie back from Trainspotting – as a new book tells the stories behind how the cult classic was made.

The actor is set to reprise the role of the violent psychopath for a new series based on another Irvine Welsh novel, The Blade Artist, which will follow Begbie years after the events of the 1996 seminal film in which he returned. the famous character.

This is a new “definitive” book on the creation of Trainspotting, with contributions from Welsh, director Danny boyle and stars including Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Kelly Macdonald, as well as Carlyle, is about to be published.

Carlyle and other cast members including Ewan McGregor (below as Mark Renton in the film) have contributed a new book on the making of the film to mark its 25th anniversary. Photos: Andrew Macdonald Archives / Jay Glennie
Ewan McGregor as Mark Renton in Trainspotting

# 25 Trainspotting features behind-the-scenes photos and interviews on all aspects of creating the modern-day classic – from stars to what it was like to tell the story to an interview with the Director of Underwater Photography Mike Valentine on what has to be the worst toilet scene ever in the movie.

Carlyle, who went on to star in films such as The Full Monty, James Bond’s The World Is Not Enough and The 51st State and recently appeared onscreen in the COBRA political thriller series, said he felt “blessed” to have been involved – and told Sky News he was eager to bring Begbie back.

“It’s a long way off right now, I would probably think about how these things go, about 18 months maybe later,” he says of the new series. “It’s based on Irvine Welsh’s novel The Blade Artist, which sort of picks up Begbie’s story long after all the events of Trainspotting have passed.

“He discovered art while in prison, his art form is sculpture. And he ends up marrying his prison art therapist, which I guess, you know, is kind of well worn path that happens often. I have investigated and studied this, it happens. He ended up in California, he is in California with a wife, children, his works were taken by the kind of glitter of the day.

“So it’s kind of a famous cause all of a sudden, but very quickly, within 10 pages of the book, he gets a phone call from home and his son has been murdered by a gang. So he has to. come in, and as you go back, it gets out of hand. “

Trainspotting was the 1980s story of the horrors and hedonism of heroin addiction set in Leith, Edinburgh, an anarchic tale of a disenfranchised generation on an Iggy Pop soundtrack, Underworld, Pulp and Lou Reed, which became a cultural phenomenon when it was released. 25 years ago.

Left to right: Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in Trainspotting.  Photo: Liam Longman / Figment Film / Channel 4 Films / Noel Gay Motion Picture Company / Jay Glennie
Left to right: Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in Trainspotting. Photo: Liam Longman / Andrew Macdonald Archives / Jay Glennie
Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor (Mark Renton) and director Danny Boyle on set.  Photo: Polygram Filmed Entertainment / Jay Glennie
McGregor and director Danny Boyle pictured on set. Photo: Polygram Filmed Entertainment / Jay Glennie

Choose Life, the monologue from McGregor character Mark Renton, remains instantly quotable and the famous movie posters recently inspired a united northern newspaper campaign following the decision to discontinue the eastern section of the HS2 rail project between Birmingham and Leeds.

Carlyle pulled off the feat of portraying a horrid, psychotic hardman who was, despite everything, beloved by the public. Begbie is the character who continues, he says.

“I get, you know, almost everyday, sometimes someone comes up saying ‘Begbie’ and they want to talk about the character,” the actor said. “He’s just transcended, by far, from what I expected. I always say this, and it’s true, that I really feel privileged, you know, to have had the opportunity to play. this role.”

Carlyle describes the new book, # 25 Trainspotting, by author Jay Glennie, as a comprehensive guide to making the film, while Welsh himself called it “definitive work on the film.”

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Glennie, who wrote similar books on Raging Bull and The Deer Hunter in collaboration with Robert De Niro, recalls how the actor told him he wasn’t sure he was playing Begbie at first due to his stature in the book.

“He’s huge in the book,” says Glennie. “Corn [Boyle] said to him: ‘no, no, no, little psychopaths are the best’. And that, to me, is just Danny’s big direction. He had seen, you know, that the little guys in these gangs are normally the most psychotic. “

Of Carlyle’s performance, Glennie says, “He could have been a very austere and evil person. But he’s one of the most endearing and memorable characters. such a mean work as Begbie comes into the picture. “

# 25 Trainspotting, by Jay Glennie, releases December 6

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