Though he’s mostly been doing television in recent years with series like “Stargate Universe” and “Once Upon a Time,” actor Robert Carlyle has done more than his fair share of films over the years with one of his most defining roles still being the part of Begbie in the original 1996 Danny Boyle-directed “Trainspotting”.
With work on that film’s sequel about to get underway, Carlyle and the other three key members of the cast – Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan Bremner – are all expected back for the film which Boyle will once again direct. John Hodge has also returned to pen the script, and Carlyle recently spoke with the NME and had nothing but praise for both Hodge’s work and Boyle:
“You’re going to think, ‘Of course he’s going to say this,’ but honestly, it’s one of the best scripts I’ve f–ing read. I mean, ever… Obviously these four characters are 20 years older now and I’ve never seen a sequel that takes place 20 years after the original, so I think that gives it a certain unique quality.
And the way John Hodge has put this thing down, obviously with the help of Danny Boyle, is to make it about how the characters’ lives have moved on… or have they? Without giving anything away, maybe some of them haven’t really moved on.
That’s what the audience is going to have to go through with them. I tell you, this film is going to be quite emotional for people. Because the film sort of tells you to think about yourself. You are going to be thinking: ‘F–. What have I done with my life?’
And though I’m obviously feeling a little bit tense about it because of the success of the first film, I’ll tell you this: if anyone can pull it off it’s Danny Boyle. He’s the best director I’ve ever worked with, he’s immense.”
The “Trainspotting” sequel is expected to begin shooting next summer.