Robert Carlyle wants to make third Trainspotting film

Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle wants to make a third ‘Trainspotting’ film.

The 58-year-old actor played Francis ‘Franco’ Begbie in the cult classic 1996 film and its sequel, ‘T2 Trainspotting’ in 2017.

Carlyle feels there is "space" to explore his character further, as Begbie is the focus of ‘Trainspotting’ author Irvine Welsh’s 2016 book ‘The Blade Artist’ and he hopes he’ll get to portray the Scottish psychopath again.

In an interview with Big Issue magazine, he said: "I am interested. Because there is space for the character to grow. And there is another book – ‘The Blade Artist’ – which is almost exclusively about Begbie.

"In terms of the narrative it is one of Irvine’s best. Because you know this character so well – and certainly I know the character very well – you buy it."

‘The Blade Artist’ describes how Begbie emigrated from Scotland to California and begins working as an artist, a plot device that Carlyle understands.

He said: "It is a scenario I know to be true – infamous figures have gone into prison and found art and come out as a different being."

Carlyle, whose previous credits include ‘The Full Monty’, ‘The Beach’ and ’28 Weeks Later’, admits that a third film depends on director Boyle’s plans.

He said: "All of this is dependent on Danny. Irvine would love to do it, he knows I would love to do it, but it is contingent upon Danny."

Welsh, 61, previously expressed a desire for a third film, suggesting that there was unfinished business with the ‘Trainspotting’ characters, who are portrayed by Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner and Johnny Lee Miller.

He said: "You think the ‘Godfather III’, ‘Terminator III’ – there’s the temptation to do the Holy Trinity, it might evoke Danny’s inner Catholic."

The author also expressed a desire to make a third film quickly after the long gap between the first two movies.

Irvine said: "It took us long enough to work up the bottle to do number two. They’ll all be in the rest home by the time we had the bottle to do number three.

"We’d have to get moving on it pretty quickly. But it’s something that would be massively interesting to me."

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