“Choose life” became a motto for the 1996 film Trainspotting after its fast-living (and fast-running) lead character Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) championed the phrase while sprinting through the streets in Edinburgh in the movie’s iconic opening sequence.
In oral history of the 1996 hit for The Hollywood Reporter, actor says he considered it as research for his character, but was dissuaded when he met real-life addicts in Glasgow
A Trainspotting sequel had been rumored for years, but according to cast members, it wasn’t until they reunited at a secret meeting in London in 2015 that it felt like the project was truly going to happen. “There, for the first time, we were all back together again, in 20 years,” says Ewan McGregor in an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the upcoming T2: Trainspotting. In addition to McGregor (who played Renton), the meeting included Johnny Lee Miller (Sick Boy), Ewen Bremner (Spud), Robert Carlyle (Begbie), and director Danny Boyle.
Just as ‘Trainspotting’ hit the zeitgeist in 1996, so it’s sequel, coming 20 years after the original, wants a bit of that action too. The first trailer for 'T2 Trainspotting’ has landed, and with its Underworld soundtrack chiming in, it’s hit peak nostalgia. Picking up the story of Irvine Welsh’s follow-up novel 'Porno’, it finds Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle back for some more nihilistic capers.
In new images posted to his Facebook page, Beauty and the Beast co-producer Jack Morrissey has revealed some early images from the live-action update to Disney’s cartoon classic. While we didn’t get a glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle or Dan Stevens in Beast mode, the new images, which include concept art, B-roll footage, and a screen grab from the upcoming 25th anniversary home release of the 1991 animated feature, reveal our first look at several key characters and show how closely the production is hewing to its source material. “Here’s a fine piece of concept art of Ewan McGregor as Lumière and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth,” writes Morrissey.
Filling in the blanks between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope had been an Olympic-worthy sport for Star Wars fans for years. While some details have recently been sketched in by the animated series Star Wars Rebels, that 30-year period remains fertile ground for storytellers, with the standalone Rogue One and the solo Han Solo movie along with tie-in novels mining that era. This week, the director released a trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story, starring Ewan McGregor (watch above).
Alec Guinness By the time Episode IV was released, Sir Alec was 63 and an Oscar-winner for 1957’s ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai’. - Movies With Grammatical Errors In Their Titles - What Happened To The Red Coat Girl From Schindler’s List? While he obviously enjoyed some the filming – he liked Kenny Baker and Harrison Ford and even helped the latter find a flat to stay in while shooting in England – it was mainly about the money. Terence Stamp The British icon played the leader of the Galactic Senate in ‘The Phantom Menace’, but despite being excited to work with Natalie Portman, he told Empire magazine that he found the experience “boring”.
Meanwhile, Ewan McGregor was legging it down an Edinburgh high street, scattering shoplifted goods to the four winds, and talking about ‘choosing life’ to the strains of Iggy Pop. Here we see his older, but arguably not much wiser Mark Renton and Spud (Ewen Bremner) recreating the scene, once again in Edinburgh. The new movie finds the two Ewans reunited with Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle as the fearsome Francis Begbie, recently released from prison.
Older, perhaps not a great deal wiser, certainly a bit smarter… Ewan McGregor has been snapped on the set of ‘Trainspotting 2’. Danny Boyle’s hot-anticipated sequel was filming scenes outside the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood yesterday, with McGregor on set for the first time. The scenes saw McGregor’s Renton sharing the frame with Jonny Lee Miller’s Sick Boy for the first time in 20 years.
Just the thought of Francis ‘Franco’ Begbie’s flights of incandescent rage are enough to send a shiver down the spine. The movie, which started shooting on Monday, sees the return of all four main characters – Carlyle’s Begbie, Ewan McGregor’s Renton, Ewen Bremner’s Spud and Jonny Lee Miller’s Sick Boy. Lee Miller and Bremner have been seen on set too in the Muirhouse area of the city, filming scenes with Boyle.
As filming continues on the ‘Trainspotting’ sequel, Ewen Bremner was spotted on the movie’s set yesterday, reprising his role as Daniel 'Spud’ Murphy. Dressed in an ill-fitting suit, a shirt from 1973 and a pair of tatty Dunlop Green Flash, Bremner took direction from Danny Boyle on the set, in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh. Spud was the most hapless of Renton’s (Ewan McGregor) drug addled chums with a weakness for amphetamines and fouling the bed.
In retrospect, assuming the iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi was nothing compared to Ewan McGregor’s latest undertaking. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs) and shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (who has won the last three consecutive Academy Awards for Best Cinematography), the film imagines a 40-day trek made by Christ as he fasts, prays, soul searches, and resists the temptations of the Devil (also played by McGregor).
First Simon Pegg, then Daniel Craig, and now ‘Star Wars’ alumnus Ewan McGregor has been revealed to have made a cameo appearance in 'The Force Awakens’. Yep, Obi-Wan Kenobi himself from Episodes One, Two and Three recorded some dialogue for the J.J. Abrams reboot, the director has confirmed, along with voices from Frank Oz (Yoda) and Alec Guinness (the original Kenobi) too. After the movie emerged last week, fans presumed that the voice of Obi-Wan, heard at the point that Daisy Ridley’s Rey discover’s Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, was James Arnold Taylor, who voices the character on the 'Clone Wars’ TV series.
OK, so if you’ve not seen ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ yet, it’s best to stop reading because its director, J.J. Abrams, has confirmed the classic stars that appear in the new film. At the time it’s a quick, disorientating montage of Kylo Ren standing over slain bodies, a cloaked Luke Skywalker reaching towards R2-D2, and a younger version of Rey being abandoned on Jakku. Well Abrams has confirmed that they include a number of original cast members from both trilogies.