A little over 20 years after the release of Trainspotting, the movie still revels in its cult status, and fans are now eagerly awaiting the release of T2 Trainspotting, the sequel that will reunite the original cast with director Danny Boyle. Said to be loosely based on Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel, Porno, T2 picks up with Renton (Ewan McGregor) when he returns to Edinburgh after years spent in Amsterdam.
A previously-released T2 trailer, coupled with a featurette, shows that Renton chose life, quitting heroin and managing to hold down a job. Spud (Ewen Bremner) wasn't quite so lucky though, and despite Renton leaving him half of the money that he stole from Begbie, Spud proved in a second featurette that old habits do indeed die hard, and he has returned to his junkie ways in T2. Another featurette for the sequel has now been released, catching up with Sick Boy (played by Jonny Lee Miller) in the film.
Miller's character was always something of an entrepreneur (well, as much as a heavy drug addict can be) and it seems as though not much has changed in the Trainspotting sequel. He also had very few morals or scruples when it came to making money in the first movie, and as many will recall, it was Sick Boy's suggestion of a dangerous but lucrative heroin deal that landed Begbie in jail. Sick Boy is now back in Edinburgh when T2 picks up, and as Miller puts it "using women for business purposes." This could well be a nod to the porn industry, since in the Porno book Sick Boy asks Renton to loan him money in order that he can make a pornographic movie. With Begbie newly-released from prison, it's only a matter of time until he catches up to Sick Boy, and who knows what will happen then?
The featurette gives Miller a chance to talk more about his character, whom he describes as "a lot darker, a lot sadder." For all the bravado, and indeed for all the comic relief that Sick Boy often brought in Trainspotting, this time around, according to Miller, he's trying to "kid himself that he's winning," which really is quite a sad existence. Miller also mentions how much the "whole shebang" means to him, and how much he enjoys playing Sick Boy. The same can be said for the rest of the cast, who all only agreed to reunite for the Trainspotting sequel if the script was strong enough.
Thankfully, the gang did get back together, and hopefully the result will be worth the lengthy wait. It's only a matter of time now before we get the final four of these featurettes, and that will be Robert Carlyle's unpredictable, crazed Begbie. Whatever will he be like in T2, after twenty years in jail?
Source: Sony Pictures
- T2: Trainspotting (2017) release date: Mar 31, 2017