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Boyle is 'edging closer' to Porno

By Kev Geoghegan
Entertainment Reporter, BBC News

Robert Carlyle
Carlyle is starring in the new sci-fi series Stargate: Universe

Robert Carlyle has told the BBC that director Danny Boyle is 'edging closer' to making Porno, the follow-up to his 1996 hit film Trainspotting.

Carlyle, who played Begbie in the film, said he would "jump through hoops of fire backwards" for the film-maker and would "do Porno tomorrow for nothing."

The novel, by Irvine Welsh, picks up on the same characters 10 years later.

But Ewan McGregor, who played anti-hero Renton, has said in interviews that a sequel would be a "terrible shame".

McGregor is currently starring opposite George Clooney in The Men Who Stare At Goats, which will be screened at this year's London Film Festival.

Boyle won best director and best picture at this year's Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire.

He and McGregor have not worked together since 1997's A Life Less Ordinary, when the pair famously fell out over Boyle's big screen adaptation of Alex Garland's novel, The Beach.

"More mileage"

But Carlyle, who also starred in The Beach, said "For me personally, I would jump through hoops of fire backwards for Danny Boyle. I would do Porno tomorrow for nothing."

He added his character from Trainspotting, the psychotic Francis Begbie, was "probably the only character I would ever want to revisit because I do believe that there's an awful lot more mileage there in Begbie."

Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting
So far McGregor has shown little enthusiasm for a Trainspotting sequel

He said: "I think there is lots more entertainment to be had from that group of people so I would be up for it, and I know Danny seems to be edging more towards it.

"After his success at the Oscars, he should be able to pretty much do as he wants."

Boyle himself has suggested recently that a Porno script is in development.

Carlyle is the star of the newest spin-off series from the sci-fi Stargate franchise, playing Dr Nicholas Rush in Stargate: Universe.

It is set in the present day and follows an exploration team on the spaceship Destiny who are suddenly transported to a distant corner of the universe.

He says viewers are "never sure about Rush's motives". "He's responsible for marooning people on this alien craft and then calmly tells them they have no hope of ever getting back."

The show begins on Sky One at 2000 BST on 6 October.

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