Robert Carlyle: I only get offers to play psychos

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 July 2015
Robert Carlyle and Anastasia Shirley

Robert Carlyle and his partner Anastasia Shirley

British actor Robert Carlyle has revealed he keeps "getting offered psychos", but wants to star in more comedies

Robert Carlyle keeps "getting offered psychos".

The 54-year-old actor - who's starred in 'Trainspotting', '28 Weeks Later' and 'The Full Monty' - has said that while he'd like the opportunity to appear in more comedies roles, such offers are rarely put to him.

He said: "I've always loved comedy.

"It's something I've not done an awful lot of, because I keep getting offered psychos. I'm not knocking the psychos - they pay the rent - but the biggest successes I had were comedic, if you think about it.

"'The Full Monty' is a comedy, and 'Trainspotting' - well, 'Trainspotting' is not exactly a comedy, but the part is."

The Danny Boyle-directed 'Trainspotting' marked Robert's entrance into the world of showbiz in the mid-1990s, when he befriended the likes of Noel and Liam Gallagher, but he looks back on that period of his life with mixed feelings.

He told the Guardian newspaper: "It was a false dawn, Cool Britannia or whatever it was. I hate even to say the words. I was fortunate to be in the centre of it, people like the Gallaghers and Damon Albarn were my friends.

"It was a fantastic time in my life, and I'm glad I went through it. But you wake up and think: what happened? Did it mean anything at all?"

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