• Director's Reel: Danny Boyle Talks 'Trainspotting,' '28 Days Later,' 'Slumdog Millionaire,' and More
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    Kevin Polowy

    Director's Reel: Danny Boyle Talks 'Trainspotting,' '28 Days Later,' 'Slumdog Millionaire,' and More

    Many qualities bind the eclectic films of Danny Boyle: highly stylized aesthetics, great soundtracks, the introduction of future stars (Ewan McGregor, Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Dev Patel), and, perhaps above all, constant pulses of energy. Boyle had a heap of U.K. theater productions and TV movies to his credit when he attained international acclaim with the 1994 black comedy-thriller Shallow Grave. While the Hitchcockian murder tale (which Boyle admitted was “stolen from the Coen brothers'” breakout Blood Simple) put him on the map, it was the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting — about a group of heroin addicts living the high life in Edinburgh — that truly established the director’s style.

  • Ewan McGregor Says He Almost Tried Heroin for 'Trainspotting'
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    Nick Schager

    Ewan McGregor Says He Almost Tried Heroin for 'Trainspotting'

    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

  • Role Recall: Ewan McGregor Looks Back at 'Trainspotting,' 'Star Wars,' 'Moulin Rouge!,' and More
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    Kevin Polowy

    Role Recall: Ewan McGregor Looks Back at 'Trainspotting,' 'Star Wars,' 'Moulin Rouge!,' and More

    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).