Ewan McGregor wanted to use drugs to live the character: ‘Know what it’s like’

Ewan McGregor wanted to use drugs to live the character: ‘Know what it’s like’
Ewan McGregor wanted to use drugs to live the character: ‘Know what it’s like’

Actor Ewan McGregor, 51, said he considered taking drugs while preparing to play Mark Renton in the movie “Trainspotting” (1996) in order to better understand the character, who struggles with illicit substances, and “knowing what it’s like” to feel.

In an interview with the “Smart-Less” podcast, McGregor reported that he found it difficult to play such a complex character without understanding him. To do so, he considered the possibility of experimenting with chemicals, but gave up on the idea after talking personally with people who suffer from addiction, and considering that doing so would be disrespectful.

“I was like, ‘How can you play a heroin addict if you’ve never used it?’ As I was young, I thought, ‘Fuck it, just go out there and do it,'” he said.

According to Ewan McGregor, in the process of preparing for the feature film, he proposed to meet heroin addicts in Glasgow, Scotland. After that encounter with addicts, “it became really clear that this was a disrespectful idea for the people we were working with,” he added.

Directed by Danny Boyle, “Trainspotting” centers on Renton, who struggles with heroin use, is surrounded by a group of friends consisting of an alcohol-addicted psychopath, a womanizer, a traveler and a Sean fan. Connery, all looking to overcome addiction, relationships and unemployment.

In addition to Ewan McGregor, the cast includes the likes of Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremmer and Kevin McKidd.


The article is in Portuguese

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