Irvine Welsh gives blessing to brilliant coronavirus-inspired Trainspotting parody of film’s ‘choose life’ opening sequence

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Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has given his blessing to a parody of the film version of his iconic book, and really, it’s easy to see why.

The strong Scottish accents, the banging drums, the musing on what constitutes ‘good health’ (note: not heroin addiction, or coronavirus)… it’s all here.Except, while the original opening scene features Ewan McGregor and company racing around Edinburgh, this version has been filmed entirely indoors due to lockdown.


‘Choose a life, choose a future, choose staying at home,’ says Scottish actor Jack Lowden – the man behind the parody -in the video.

(Jack’s screen credits, by the way, include the movies Dunkirk and Mary Queen of Scots, plus the TV adaptation of War & Peace.)

Jack goes on to offer an insight into the ‘choices’ he’s made while in lockdown, from baking and Zooming to trying different hair partings.

Oh, and going for a walk and ‘raging’ at everyone. (‘Janet, back off!’)

Speaking on Twitter, Welsh said: ‘Tend to get a bit bored with Trainspotting parodies but this one is for the @NHS so all good.’

Tend to get a bit bored with Trainspotting parodies but this one is for the ⁦@NHS so all good.

— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) April 30, 2020

Imagine Jack’s relief…

‘Choose rubber gloves,’ he adds in the clip. ‘Choose swapping your favourite-smelling perfume for the clinical musk of antibacterial gel.’

Andy Cohen wants his son to be BFFs with Anderson Cooper’s baby WyattJack plays Ewan McGregor’s character (Picture: @Twitter)

Andy Cohen wants his son to be BFFs with Anderson Cooper’s baby WyattWell, it’s cheaper than using a real car (Picture: Twitter)

He also gets a reference about the sudden mega-trend of baking bread, telling viewers to ‘choose sourdough’. Because of course.

And our favourite line: ‘Choose waking up on a Sunday morning and not knowing who the hell you are.’


Watch the original scene below.

The video has been created to support a very worthy cause: the Masks For Scotland Crowdfunder.The organisaion has been created to help get PPE to the frontlines of the NHS.

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The Trainspotting movie was released in 1996, with a sequel, T2 Trainspotting released in 2017.

Welsh’s original book was released in 1993

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