Robert Carlyle praises Trainspotting 2 script

As previously reported on AAA, the sequel to cult movie Trainspotting will start filming in Edinburgh next summer – and actor Robert Carlyle says the script is one of the best he’s ‘f**king read, EVER’.

Carlyle, who will reprise his role as psycho Begbie in the long-awaited follow-up to the 1996 original, was full of praise for John Hodge’s loose adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno in an interview with NME.

“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.”

Carlyle went on to say that the forthcoming sequel – which will also see Ewan McGregor (Renton), Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy) and Ewan Bremner (Spud) reprising their roles from the original – will make audiences think about their own lives as the action takes place 20 years after the events in the first film.

“I’ve never seen a sequel that takes place 20 years after the original, so I think that gives it a certain unique quality,” said Carlyle. “And the way [screenwriter] John Hodge has put this thing down, obviously with the help of [director] 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**k. What have I done with my life?”

AAA also reported a few weeks back that Leith-raised author Welsh is bringing Begbie back next year with his very own novel, The Blade Artist.

Robert Carlyle famously played Begbie in the screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel
Robert Carlyle famously played Begbie in the screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic novel

Welsh had previously revived the character in an exclusive story penned for The Big Issue in 2013 titled He Ain’t Lager – a tale of the violent and unpredictable Begbie’s rehabilitation through art and falling in love.

The Blade Artist continues to show Begbie’s softer side. Now going by the name of Jim Francis, he’s finally found the perfect life in California.

“A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California,” the book’s description reads. “Some say he’s a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary.

“But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies – and, most alarmingly, his former self – Francis seems to have other ideas.

“When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband’s violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.”

The Blade Artist is due for release in April 2016.