Danny Boyle discusses the casting of Leonardo Di Caprio instead of McGregor in the Beach for the first time. Robert Carlyle reveals his emotional reaction when he first read the script.

There is so much excitement doing the rounds at the moment with the announcement of T2 Trainspotting, here at Blazing Minds we can’t wait to see the film, it’s been far too long since we last saw the iconic characters on the big screen together.

Empire exclusively caught up with the filmmakers and cast of the hotly anticipated sequel to Trainspotting – T2 Trainspotting. The cast reveals how nerves set in at the thought of rekindling their iconic characters and the emotional response to reading the script for the first time. Danny Boyle reveals for the first time how a rift developed between himself and McGregor over his treatment of McGregor who was due to star in The Beach but was replaced by Leonardo Di Caprio in order to raise more funding for the film and his regret over his treatment of McGregor.

Jonny Lee Miller on vomiting on his first day back together with the rest of the cast

“I was so nervously excited…and I ended up throwing up in the bathroom. It was like, ‘Nice to see you, I gotta go vomit’. And it just felt weirdly, awfully appropriate for Trainspotting, throwing up in a bathroom, having not seen these guys for years, hoping that they didn’t think I’d developed some awful drug habit.”

Robert Carlyle reveals his strong emotional reaction to reading the script for the first time

“I was crying…I thought, ‘Why the fuck am I crying at this? We all felt this real emotional connection to these characters and this world. But that first read – I was speaking to Ewan McGregor, saying, ‘I cannae believe I’m feeling like this.’ I’ve never cried when I read a screenplay before. Ever.’”

Ewan McGregor on parallels between himself and his character, Renton

“I hadn’t seen Danny for all those years. He f*cked off, and I f*cked off. I haven’t lived in Scotland since I was 17. He’s coming back, I was coming back. There were an awful lot of parallels you might say”

Danny Boyle on healing the rift with Ewan McGregor after casting Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach, instead of McGregor as planned

“We weren’t particularly respectful towards him, way back in the day. But he’s always been very, very generous. So we met and talked and I said how sorry I was, the way we had treated him. And it rebuilt from there”

Credit: The cast and director of T2 Trainspotting talking to Empire magazine

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham