T2 Trainspotting: The title was chosen 'to annoy James Cameron' (exclusive)

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A sequel to a film as groundbreaking as ‘Trainspotting’ demanded something special and ‘T2 Trainspotting’ is certainly that.

Reuniting the key talent 21 years later, ‘T2 Trainspotting’ picks up the story two decades later to see what Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie are up to now, and where ‘Trainspotting’ proved to be an unconventional name for a film back in 1996 (Oasis reportedly rejected a soundtrack request because they thought it was a film about actual trainspotters), ‘T2 Trainspotting’ is just as obscure, so what’s the thinking behind that?

“Danny [Boyle’s] always thought of it as ‘T2’,” Ewan McGregor returning as Renton, former junkie turned fitness addict, tells Yahoo Movies in our interview above.

“He thought it was the kind of title that these characters would pick, you know? Because it’s a bit like ‘Terminator 2’ or something and it would p*** off James Cameron.”

Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in 'T2 Trainspotting' (Credit: Sony Pictures)
Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in ‘T2 Trainspotting’ (Credit: Sony Pictures)

“It arrived at this title quite far down the line,” adds Robert Caryle, back to his best as the psychopathic Begbie.

“Originally, when we read the script, it had a different title. It had quite a difficult title,” explains Ewen Bremner, aka Spud, possibly referring to ‘Porno’, the title of the book’s 2002 sequel written by Irvine Welsh.

“[‘T2 Trainspotting’] was the least unfamiliar [title],” finishes Carlyle.

“Which at first, I didn’t understand at all. But the more we went through it, I got it. You end up, these people, they hate each other, they’ve got nothing in common, they’ve been trying to get away from each other, but in the end they are the least unfamiliar to each other, and that’s where you’ll always end up.”

‘T2 Trainspotting’ hits UK cinemas on 27 January. Watch a trailer below.


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