Ewen Bremner: half of T2 Trainspotting didn’t make final cut

Trainspotting actor Ewen Bremner has said that almost half the scenes shot for the soon-to-be-released sequel were left on the cutting room floor.

Speaking in this week’s NME, Edinburgh-born Bremner, who plays Spud in both films, admitted that he thought pulling off the sequel to the cult 1996 original was always going to be difficult.

“The first read-through of the script felt very emotional and powerful, but the idea that we could actually pull it off still felt like a big reach,” said the former Portobello High School pupil. “But [director] Danny’s [Boyle] is an incredible visionary – it’s like he can see into the future, or see into the culture.

“He actually shot a huge volume of material that’s not in the finished film – my estimate would be that 40 per cent of the scenes we shot never made it in.”

Reflecting on the original movie based on Irvine Welsh’s cult novel, Bremner also said its success at the time was unprecedented.

“Outside of Scotland, Trainspotting was like an exotic bomb that went off in the culture. It was a strange, foreign world that hadn’t been discovered yet – a world that was invisible in mainstream media.

“The idea of a film actually allowing you to enjoy the company of drug addicts – that was revolutionary,” he added.

T2, which opens in cinemas across the UK this weekend, and in the US on February 3, sees original cast members Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Bremner team up again for the first time in 20 years.

The film, which is loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s own 2002 sequel to Trainspotting, Porno.

T2 has its world premiere in the movie’s hometown of Edinburgh on Sunday night.

Speaking on the orange carpet, McGregor also admitted he was concerned about tarnishing the reputation of the original.

“I don’t think any of us were in any doubt once we read the script,” the Perth-born actor said.

“Before we read it, it was something that was on my mind – you don’t want to make a bad sequel to Trainspotting that would damage its reputation in any way.”

AAA Edinburgh will post its own review of Trainspotting 2 shortly.

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