Blizzard? What blizzard? New Yorkers were out in full force last night at the Cinema Society, 19 Crimes Wines, and Ben Sherman’s screening of T2 Trainspotting at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. The film picks up 20 years after we last saw frenemies Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in the 1996 cultural phenomenon Trainspotting, and we can assure you the boys have remained as deranged, sadistic, and hilarious as they were two decades ago.
Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle returns to the helm and greeted the crowd: “I know this isn’t the normal scale of storms that you guys experience, but I really appreciate you being here!” Boyle said. “When you do a sequel, they do focus groups for absolutely everything. They asked a focus group, ‘If there was to be a sequel to Trainspotting, what would people expect from it?’ And there were three things that the focus groups were concerned about. The first was that it would be the same four actors in the lead parts, the second was, would Kelly MacDonald be coming back? and the third one was, would the soundtrack be as good as the original film? There was nobody, or certainly nobody significant, who asked who’d be directing it. But for those who did ask that question, I’m here to thank you!”
Also on the “train” ride were McGregor, Bremner, and Miller, Julian Schnabel, Rosario Dawson, Aidan Quinn, Lucy Liu, Helena Christensen, Eve Plumb, Tali Lennox, Carol Alt, Sandra Brant, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, James Marshall, Casey Neistat, Sophie Sumner, and The Cinema Society’s Andrew Saffir. Post flick, guests braved the slush and headed to Mr. Purple for an after-party. T2 Trainspotting opens Friday. Focus groups will be very pleased.