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Braving the Storm for T2 Trainspotting

by Ben Diamond Photographed by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The weather outside was frightful, but it takes more than a little slush to stop Hollywood. While there were more snow boots than Louboutins or Doc Martens in the audience, the stars gathered at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema last night for a special screening of TriStar Pictures’ T2 Trainspotting. Hosted by the Cinema Society with sponsors 19 Crimes Wines and Ben Sherman, the screening was introduced by director Danny Boyle and cast members Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewen Bremner.

The after-party was at Mr. Purple, the rooftop bar at the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. As a disco-heavy soundtrack played, it wasn’t hard to imagine Sickboy, Renton, and all the rest of the film’s characters getting off to the sounds of “Heart of Glass” and “Golden Years,” although they’d probably spend most of their time in the bathroom.

All concerned raved about the movie, and about how well it had been able to replicate the tone of the original. “I thought it was wonderful,” said young actress Juliette Kessler. “I really like a movie that’s not afraid to be plotless.”

But the night really belonged to Boyle, who spent it receiving one admirer after the next. “In England, in my part of the world, Danny is our greatest filmmaker,” said Ewen Bremner.

Boyle, who in the 20 years since the original Trainspotting has matured into something of an elder statesman, still cut a refreshingly brash figure. “To look back at this after 20 years is a tremendous challenge,” he said. “I don’t want people to get the wrong idea and say I only did this for the money, or whatever. I’ve never done a movie for the money. Except for The Beach—that one I did for money.”

Also in attendance were Julian Schnabel, Rosario Dawson, Michael Shannon, Gina Gershon, Paul Haggis, Taylor HackfordCarla Gugino and Lucy Liu


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