Many Once Upon a Time fans know Robert Carlyle best as the gleefully scheming Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, but long before he ever donned the imp makeup, Robert made waves in 1996 flick Trainspotting, the drug-fueled cult classic that launched Ewan McGregor's international career. Recently, director Danny Boyle revealed that he's aiming to make a sequel to the film, to be released in 2016, 20 years after the original. Would Robert be on board?
In an interview with Kermode and Mayo's Film Review today (June 21), Robert said he'd certainly love to reprise his memorable role as Begbie — as long as the script is right.
"[A few months ago] was the first time that I'd heard Danny Boyle speak of [the sequel] as a real thing," Robert admitted, but he added that the idea of a second movie has always been out there. It would be based on Porno, the sequel to the Trainspotting novel, and according to Robert, "Danny's always been adamant that he's always wanted to do the sequel when we were the correct age."
While Robert said he's definitely interested in doing the movie — "I'd work with Danny Boyle any day of the week" — and thinks "it would be fantastic to see all the guys together," he also insisted that "it depends on the script."
"It's important that the script for this is good," he explained. And he doesn't just say that because he prefers to work on good films. The original was a classic that's "such an important movie" to a lot of people, especially in his home country of Scotland, and "it would be ridiculous to do something that would undercut that in any way."
That said, with Danny Boyle at the helm and the same uber talented cast back for a second take on their characters (Ewan McGregor has confirmed he'd be interested), we have a feeling this is one sequel that might just live up to the original. We hope it all works out!
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Source: Kermode and Mayo's Film Review, Indiewire
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.