Why Noel Gallagher turned down Trainspotting soundtrack

Oasis legend Noel Gallagher turned down the chance to feature on the Trainspotting soundtrack back in 1996 – because he mistakingly “thought it was about train spotters”.

The big-screen adaptation of Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh’s cult novel went on to become a modern British classic – as did its iconic soundtrack, which features rock gods Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.

As The Telegraph reports, Trainspotting producer Andrew Macdonald and costume designer Rachel Fleming revealed at a 20th anniversary screening of the film that director Danny Boyle was a huge Oasis fan and had spoken to Gallagher about working together.

Macdonald revealed: “Danny is from near Manchester and he was very keen to have Noel Gallagher do something but there was a reason why he didn’t do it.”

However, Fleming, who met up with Gallagher recently, shed light on his snub, saying:  “I met Noel at a thing the other week and he said to me: ‘I would have done something, but honestly I thought it was about train spotters. I didn’t know.’ That’s what he actually said.”

Macdonald also revealed that Lou Reed – whose song Perfect Day features in one of the film’s most memorable scenes – didn’t rate the movie.

Trainspotting 2 was filmed on the streets of Edinburgh this summer – and will be released on January 27, 2017.

Scottish actor McGregor said earlier this year that the script is “really, really, really good”.

The 44-year-old, who will reprise his role as Mark Renton in the film, said: “We haven’t started yet, we start shooting at the end of May. The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good.

“I think, if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us.”

Carlyle – who will reprise his role as psycho Begbie – previously said he is “wary” of the new movie, but was also full of praise for John Hodge’s script, describing it as “one of the best scripts I’ve f**king read”.

“Yeah, we’ve already had a read-through of the script – we did that in the springtime,” said the 54-year-old. “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**king read. I mean, EVER.”

Author Welsh recently revealed earlier this year that the sequel will be based on his 2002 novel Porno, but will not be exactly the same.

“We’ve had to evolve past that, because the actors would have been ten years older when Porno came out, and now they’re 20 years older,” said Welsh.

“It has to take into account that reality,” he added.

Watch the latest teaser for T2 below:

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