Robert Carlyle on Trainspotting 2: ‘It’s going to be quite emotional’

Robert Carlyle, the man behind one of the most terrifying movie psychos of all time, has talked about reprising the role of violent thug Begbie in Trainspotting 2 – and revealed some interesting things about the long-awaited sequel.

In an appropriately F-word laden interview with the NME, he claimed nerves about returning to such an iconic role and film story 20 years on have been somewhat tempered by the sheer quality of the screenplay from John Hodge, who also penned the original.

“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve fucking read. I mean, ever. What John Hodge has done is just so clever.

“This film is going to be quite emotional for people. Because [it] sort of tells you to think about yourself. You are going to be thinking: ‘Fuck. What have I done with my life?’

“Have these four characters changed? Have they remained the same? Have they fucked it up completely? Have they achieved anything? And of course the audience are going to be asking themselves exactly the same questions. So it’s a beautiful thing.”

The widely-respected character actor, who unveiled his directorial debut The Legend Of Barney Thomson earlier this year, told us at the premiere of that movie that he’d “definitely be getting back to acting very, very soon”.

We bet he can’t wait to get his teeth into Begbie again.

Last month Danny Boyle revealed that the sequel would be shooting in May and June 2016 – exactly 20 years on from the iconic first film.

Released in 1996, Trainspotting, an adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel starring Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Carlyle, followed a group of heroin addict mates, with Mark Renton (McGregor) trying to leave that life behind – and Carlyle’s reckless Begbie one of the key obstacles standing in his way.

Considered one of the most iconic movies of the ’90s, Trainspotting has been ranked 10th by the British Film Institute in its list of the Top 100 British films of all time, and in 2004 it was voted the best Scottish film ever in a general public poll.