Robert Carlyle can relate to Trainspotting's Begbie

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

Robert Carlyle and his partner Anastasia Shirley

Scottish actor Robert Carlyle has revealed he can easily relate to his 'Trainspotting' character, Begbie

Robert Carlyle can easily relate to his 'Trainspotting' character.

The award-winning actor starred as Begbie, a sociopathic character that featured in the Danny Boyle-directed movie, and has revealed he was a fusion of various people he knew earlier in his life.

Robert said: "I grew up with a lot of people like Begbie. He's a mixture of three or four people I've known - all in jail.

"One guy used to dress deliberately provocatively so that people would stare at him and then he'd have a go at them; he lived for it."

Robert starred alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller in the 1996 movie, and revealed he made a conscious decision to provoke his co-stars throughout filming.

He explained to Independent on Sunday newspaper: "It was important for me to keep the other boys [on the 'Trainspotting' set] on edge a bit, so I had a rougher edge to my personality throughout filming: I'd call them all the names under the sun to wind them up before a scene - then the actor doesn't have to act!"

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