Jay Glennie has interviewed the cast and crew of Trainspotting starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald.
Adapted from Irvine Welsh’s iconic novel, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting became one of the defining films of the 90s. Our latest Coattails publication with hundreds of images, many previously unseen, explores the making of the film with exclusive first-hand accounts from the filmmakers themselves. Our book will explore how Welsh wrote the book, how novel came into producer Andrew Macdonald’s orbit and then screenwriter John Hodge’s memories of the seemingly impossible task of adapting the non-linear novel. We discover how Danny Boyle brought together the perfect cast, and how they, in turn, built an unbreakable bond over the seven week shoot.
How Ewan McGregor transformed himself in Renton; how Ewen Bremner nearly turned down the role of Spud; how Robert Carlyle was seduced by Boyle with the tease: “small psychos are the best”; how Danny Boyle cast the very British Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy and wanted to kill the goodness of Kevin McKidd’s Tommy; and how Kelly Macdonald made her acting debut.
We learn how Iggy Pop, Underworld, Leftfield and Primal Scream and many more came together to give us one of the greatest ever soundtracks.
We come to understand how the man who begun it all, Irvine Welsh, absolutely adored the adaptation.
Jay Glennie: “What can I say?! To work with so many of my personal heroes in creating this homage to one of my favourite books and films, has once again been a dream gig. The generosity of spirit from Irvine, Danny, John and Andrew, and the cast and crew, in bringing this book together has been wonderful. I hope we have done them proud. I’m pretty sure we have!”