'They should let Irvine Welsh script Tiger King movie', says Trainspotting star Ewen Bremner

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Trainspotting star Ewen Bremner has said he'd love to see Irvine Welsh script the film adaptation of Tiger King.

Portobello-raised Bremner, who famously played Spud in the Trainspotting films, made the comments during an interview with The Guardian.

Explaining that he hasn't owned a television for 25 years, Bremner said: "I found myself in hotel rooms scrolling through the channels until four in the morning – I had to cut it off.

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"I’ve got Netflix, so I did watch Tiger King. It’s even more Irvine Welsh than Irvine Welsh.

Ewen Bremner would like to see Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh script the Tiger King movie.Ewen Bremner would like to see Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh script the Tiger King movie.
Ewen Bremner would like to see Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh script the Tiger King movie.

"Irvine writes these trashy, heightened stories. The Tiger King characters are just as vain.

"They’re all prepared to use skulduggery to become the star. The cats are like a narcotic substance – everyone melts around them.

"I loved the fantastical-ness," added the BAFTA-winning Edinburgh actor. "They should let Irvine script the movie."

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Muirhouse-raised author Welsh shot to stardom after Trainspotting was published in 1993.

The novel, which follows a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, was made into a film directed by Danny Boyle in 1996 starring Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald and Bremner.

Most of the original cast, including Bremner, reprised their roles in 2017’s T2 Trainspotting – a continuation of the Trainspotting saga, set 20 years on.

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