Danny Boyle: Why we used trams in Trainspotting

Ewan Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in T2
Ewan Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in T2
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T2 director Danny Boyle has claimed Edinburgh council chiefs begged him to include the trams in the Trainspotting sequel.

Mark Renton, played by Ewan McGregor, takes a tram journey from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre in the early stages of the hit film.

A tram on Princes Street

A tram on Princes Street

And in a radio interview, Boyle has revealed: “They [the council] were very keen for us to use the tram. Everybody said ‘Because nobody else does and it’s always empty. Please put Ewan McGregor on it. Please’. So we did.”

A council spokesperson said: “We didn’t make Danny Boyle choose trams. All filming locations came at his request.”