Irvine Welsh thinks Trainspotting 2 will be better than the original

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 September 2016
Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

Author Irvine Welsh is convinced the 'Trainspotting' sequel will be a superior movie, but fears it won't be received as well

Irvine Welsh thinks 'Trainspotting 2' will be a better movie than the first one.

The upcoming sequel is based on Welsh's follow up to 'Trainspotting', 'Porno,' which takes place nine years after the events in the first novel and film.

Welsh admits that because the original film was so innovative, it is likely that the follow-up won't be received as well, but nonetheless believes it will be a superior film.

The 58-year-old author told ShortList magazine: "It might not be as well received because it doesn't have the shock of the new, but I have absolutely no doubt that it will be a better movie. Everything's just better now."

Welsh also revealed that he has reprised his role as Mikey Forrester in the film, but tried not to interfere with the making of the movie.

He explained: "I've reprised my role as Mikey Forrester, so I was on set for a bit. But I've kept out of the way really. It's not through lack of interest - you just want to see an almost-finished version so you can feel the energy in it."

Asked whether he could ever see himself writing a third sequel, Welsh said he's eager not to fall into a "trap".

He explained: "I'm not sure how it's going to pan out. If you're writing something as a book you can't fall into the trap of seeing it as a film or a TV show, you have to see it as a book."

Meanwhile, Danny Boyle - the film's director - was quoted back in 2010 as saying that 'Porno' was an inferior book to 'Trainspotting'.

He said at the time: "'Porno', is not a great book in the way that 'Trainspotting', the original novel, is genuinely a masterpiece, I think, as a piece of writing."

T2 Trainspotting

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 57min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald, James Cosmo, Shirley Henderson, Irvine Welsh
  • UK release: 27 January 2017

Renton (McGregor) returns to Edinburgh from Amsterdam, two decades on. Hodge's blood-pumping script builds on the original with characters that are older, sadder and definitely not wiser, and resentment and guilt festering like an open sore; but is it Archie-Gemmill-scoring-against Holland good? Yes, it is.