Director Danny Boyle recalls ‘Trainspotting’

Director Danny Boyle recalls how Trainspotting's unusually gifted cast helped blow away the final traces of the Thatcher era and restore a sense of pride in British cinema.

What really stands out in my memory now is that we had such a great cast. You'd never get that strength in depth these days. Normally, you can cast two or three strong parts but we had seven or eight cracking actors all blazing away. I think they all, individually, thought it was 'their' film. There were no supporting actors in Trainspotting.


I remember having to reassure Ewan McGregor constantly, because he felt he wasn't doing enough and that's when I learned to have someone who had a stillness at the centre of your film, someone who could be the audience's eyes.

The special feeling I remember about Trainspotting was that holy grail of when your own people go to watch their own films. It happens so rarely, that British audiences flock to a British movie, when they see a film about their own country, their own lives, their own culture. The Full Monty did it, too, and I think the success of both was that they didn't make concessions to America - they kept the feel that made them uniquely British.


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