Trainspotting 2: Irvine Welsh promises to let Boyle do his job

IRVINE Welsh has insisted he won't be interfering in the filming of the sequel to Trainspotting.

Monday, 30th May 2016, 10:04 am
Updated Monday, 30th May 2016, 11:12 am
Danny Boyle and Ewen Bremner on the set of Trainspotting 2. Picture: Neil Hanna

The author has been given the role of executive producer on the new movie but said he won’t have any say on the finished product.

Filming is currently underway for the much-anticipated follow-up to the 1996 hit and actors Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner have been spotted on set.


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The plot for the film is loosely based on Welsh’s novel Porno, the sequel he wrote to Trainspotting which was his debut novel.

But the Edinburgh-born writer, 58, said he will leave the film firmly in the hands of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.

He said: “They invited me to work on the project and we have spent time going through scripts and all that with Danny.

“They have given me a load of money and said ‘right, you’re our executive producer’ but that can mean anything or nothing.

“I don’t really know whether it means get across here and do some work or keep the f*** out the way.

“You don’t want people on the film set when they have got no role being there, it’s just very distracting for everybody.

“So I tend to keep out the way unless I’m called upon.

“Danny is very, very collaborative as a director but he knows what he wants as well so you’ve got to let him get on with it basically.

“When I’m sitting writing novels he is not standing over my shoulder saying ‘change this, change that’ so I have got to give him the same respect.”

Welsh, who lives between Chicago and Miami, was spotted visiting the set earlier this month but said he would only be returning to film his cameo role as drug dealer Mikey Forrester, who he played in the first film.

He also told how taking a part in the film meant he couldn’t criticise the adaptation when it comes out.

He added: “They have cast me in it to bring back Mikey Forrester. I think that’s a great thing to do as a director because as the writer you can’t really complain about the film that you’re in.

“You can’t really say they have mucked up the film because you’re part of it basically. They could say ‘we mucked up when we cast you’.”

Trainspotting 2 is due to be released in cinemas on January 27, 2017. The film will see McGregor reprise his role as Renton while Carlyle will return as psychopath Francis Begbie.

Filming is currently taking place at various locations across Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow and West Lothian.