Ooh happy news this morning. Taking a break from politics and Olympics (frustrating coverage over here by NBC, it’s mostly highlights of the USA team, and I can’t quite justify paying the subscription charges to obsessively watch a month of sports whilst allowing every other area of my life to wilt in on itself like a teenager’s self-esteem), I meandered through the internet, checking out news stories.
No really I did! I mean, yes, I skimmed over one Tom Hiddleston article, but the rest of the stuff counts as news. I read about the Daesh being pushed out of Syrian city, Manbij; and the overturned charges and subsequent release of Brendan Dassey – convicted of playing a part in the murder and assault of Theresa Halbach – as a result of the Netflix documentary, Making of a Murderer; and I looked into why human beings have got about 1 billion years left on the planet (pretty simple really, sun gets hotter, causes all sorts of drastically changed atmosphere juju and the planet no longer is able to support human life… basically Earth becomes Mars). I watched a Brene Brown TED talk – 20 minutes of concentrating! Oh I did also watch the Wrecking Ball chat roulette video, but really it improves your life substantially.
Then I happened upon this little beauty: the teaser trailer for Trainspotting 2.
Joyous, beautiful day.
Danny Boyle confirmed last year that he would be making the Trainspotting sequel, so it’s not a big surprise. However, the joyful part is that in the trailer (which is literally less than half a minute of footage of a train leaving a station revealing the four main characters standing on a platform) is indubitable proof that all the original actors (Ewan Mc Gregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner) are resuming their roles as the most dysfunctional quartet of childhood pals in film.
Irvine Welsh’s darkly hilarious, debut novel about life for heroin addict Mark Renton and his immensely screwed up mates, Trainspotting, was published in 1993, and made into a film in 1996. Like every other university student of the day, I LOVED that film. Even though the film is doused in tragedy, betrayal and generally scary shit you wouldn’t want to happen to you, it was hilarious and gutsy and I don’t know anyone from that period of my life who doesn’t still secretly wish they’d been as cool as Mark Renton and Sickboy. Welsh made these debauched characters worthy of affection, and he does love them – he keeps returning to them, there are three other books featuring the lads of Trainspotting. He wrote the sequel, Porno, which was published in 2002 reuniting the characters some nine years later, some living very different lives, some still steeped in the same routines as before.
The reason I’m so happy about this is that for years there were whisperings about this cinematic sequel, but it was one of those things that I wanted to be true soooo much that I wasn’t prepared to believe it until I’d seen it with my own eyes.
If you search for remarks from Boyle and Welsh about making the film sequel, there are lots of nice things about how happy they are it’s going ahead, and some of the challenges faced, how great it is to be getting the band back together – all positive stuff. However, it wasn’t always such a dead certainty that the film would be made. Back in 200and early years, I distinctly remember reading an article with one of them who when asked about the possibility of reuniting the actors for a sequel said something along lines of, “Ha! I’d love to, but these guys are supposed to be junkies, and the actors have gotten famous and now they’re all too fucking fat.”
But jowls be damned, they filmed it! The miniscule trailer proves it.