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Five Things We Learnt From T2: Trainspotting

January 2017Words by The Daily Team

Messrs Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor and in T2: Trainspotting, 2017. Photograph courtesy of Sony Pictures

After 20 years absence (who knew they would last that long, eh?), the original protagonists of Mr Danny Boyle’s 1996 film Trainspotting will be back in cinemas from this Friday, with the release of the much-anticipated (and slightly oddly named) T2: Trainspotting. The film, also directed by Mr Boyle, catches up with Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie (played by original cast members Messrs Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan Bremner and Robert Carlyle) as they contemplate the onset of middle age, and get into all sorts of grisly scrapes as a result (like we needed to tell you that). At the preview screening last week, we were urged not to share any plot spoilers, so we won’t. They didn’t say anything about general life lessons though, so here goes:


In the original Trainspotting, Mr Ewan McGregor’s role as Renton was potentially troublesome. Despite the fact we were watching a desperate junkie in the grips of a heroin addiction, this particular junkie was undeniably cool. We almost wanted to be him. He had a fashionable earring, tied sweaters casually around his waist, and wore grey skinny jeans and Converse – 1990s style down to a skin-tight tee, you could say. The film made a star of Mr McGregor, propelling him from indie unknown to Hollywood shoo-in. Three years later, he was cast in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and since then, he has appeared in almost 50 films. Despite this mammoth work ethic, there are no physical signs of strain. Mr McGregor’s Renton in T2 has a startlingly fresh face. He also still knows how to dress (his field jacket is particularly envy-inducing). Maybe it’s because he gave up drinking in 2001 (Mr McGregor, not Renton). Or maybe it’s because he slathers himself in moisturiser (something Mr Danny Boyle was jokingly concerned about when considering how slowly his actors were ageing). Whatever his secret to eternal youth – we’re all ears.