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Danny Boyle on ‘T2 Trainspotting’: You Have to Have a Reason for a Sequel

Director Danny Boyle brings back his now famous cast (including Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle) to the world of


, the film that put all of them on the map. In

T2 Trainspotting

, the young, dazed and confused characters of his seminal ’90s film are grappling with middle age.

Everybody was concerned about going back to something like this,” Boyle tells

Where to Watch

. “You have to have a good reason to do it. You can’t simply rehash it or do it cheaply or superficially. We did try earlier but we came up with something that was too easy. It was the pain of what that 20 years does to you, that was the protein of it. It was true for all of us. The four of them as actors, none had children when the first one came out, but they are all fathers now. Middle age is an awful term. The French don’t have an expression for it. Instead, they say that you move from the old age of youth to the youth of old age.”

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