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Irvine Welsh on getting in the movies: "It's like snogging your friends Mum"

Posted at 3:32 PM on May 15, 2007 by Euan Kerr

One of the reasons I wanted to chat with Irvine Welsh when he came into town this week was to ask about plans to make a "Trainspotting" sequel.

His 2002 book "Porno" revisits the Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and the other characters from "Trainspotting" 10 years on. Welsh admitted at the time that he hoped the book would quickly become a film.

However there have been problems getting the original actors to sign on, in part because they have been so busy, although there have been some rumors of some friction too.

Welsh says director Danny Boyle is keen to do the project, although he is worried that actors take care of themselves and so they look too good now to play the characters. Tongue in cheek Welsh wonders whether it might make sense to slip some gravel into their moisturizer.

Getting serious Welsh says he thinks the important thing now is to get the script prepared which will then allow the other pieces a better chance of falling in place. He is very careful to point out that this is not his job, but Boyle and producer Andrew MacDonald's, and he's clearly quite happy about that.

In the meantime films of two of his other books. Shooting is currently underway on "Ecstasy" and "Filth" will likely go before the cameras next year.

Welsh is also doing some directing. He is completing a short film which he hopes will screen at the Galway Film Festival.

And if things work out he could be directing his first feature by the end of the year. He's been adapting his friend Alan Warner's book "The Man who Walked" for the screen. (Lynne Ramsey filmed Warner's first book "Morvern Callar" with Samantha Morton in the title role.) Welsh admits he's felt a little awkward working on the project, even though Warner has been very supportive.

"It's a bit like snogging your friends mum," he says, "And then he walks in."

He says he'll never adapt someone else's work for the screen again, or at least that of a friend.

You can hear Welsh talk film here.

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