Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud rolled into Edinburgh on the orange carpet for the world premiere of T2 Trainspotting.
“This is like a school reunion,” said T2 Trainspotting star Kelly MacDonald as she arrived at the film’s world premiere.
Hundreds of fans turned up in the cold, wind and rain to see Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlisle, Johnny Lee Miller and Evan Bremner at Edinburgh’s Fountain Park.
Director, Danny Boyle, apologised to fans about the typical Scottish weather but he was determined that the sequel to the 1996 cult classic would be filmed and premiered where is all started.
It has been 21 years since Renton, played by Ewan McGregor, has stepped on Scottish soil and he has plenty of bridges to fix.
McGregor has not lived in Scotland since he was 17-years-old, so he explained that he can relate to how Renton is feeling.
He said: “There was a sort of trepidation about coming back, thinking maybe I don’t have it any more, but then Renton hasn’t been in Scotland for 20 years either because he’s been in Amsterdam, so our stories are not dissimilar I guess.”
He continued: “It is quite daunting to come back to a character who is so well known and loved.
“Like all of the characters in Trainspotting, they are people who we feel like we know.
“They are like people who we have really met in life – Begbie, Sickboy, Spud and Diane.
“It was sort of daunting, but I am Renton, and Renton is me.”
Robert Carlyle has said he would want to bring back his character Begbie for a third round, hinting at a potential third film.
The actors psychotic Francis “Franco” Begbie is the main focus of Irvine Welsh’s 2016 book, The Blade Artist.
The Maryhill born actor told The Evening Times: “It’s been 20 years coming, it’s been a long time coming.
“Danny was always determined we were going to be 20 years older before he was going to shoot it.
“That is the first time you see maybe there is another side to this guy.
“There is something quite emotional about that. He’s capable of feeling something more just rage, so I am pleased that that element of Begbie has been shown.
“And maybe that sets up another film in fact because Irvine Welsh has written The Blade Artist.”
The film was shot in various locations over Scotland.
The cast were spotted mostly in Edinburgh but we’re also seen in Glasgow at Glasgow University, Pollokshields and Stobcross Road in Finnieston.
There is a particular funny scene with Renton and Sick Boy standing outside the Virgin ATM on Queen Street involving Catholics, Protestants and the number 1690.