Hey guys - happy to be here for an AMA today at 2:15pm PT / 5:15pm ET. T2 Trainspotting opens in the US March 17th.

Thank you guys so much for a great AMA. A lot of great questions. Go see T2 TRAINSPOTTING in the US beginning next Friday, March 17th!

Get tickets for T2 TRAINSPOTTING here - http://www.t2trainspottingmovie.com/?ticket

Watch the trailer here - https://www.facebook.com/T2TrainspottingMovie/videos/743783532463888/

Follow me on Twitter - @mcgregor_ewan

Proof: https://twitter.com/t2trainspotting/status/840620134628765698

More Proof: http://imgur.com/a/1qDuU

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VelvetDelby7747 karma

Ewan, thank you for doing this AMA. I was watching Velvet Goldmine and really enjoyed your penis. How is it these days?

EwanMcGregorT211581 karma

It's fine thanks, how's yours?

oopoe6236 karma

Have you given much thought to when you are going to start ageing?

You're 20 years older than me and I look like I could be your dad.

Edit: Seriously guys I was paying him a compliment. I don't look 65 and I'm not overweight.

EwanMcGregorT211327 karma

Get some sleep.

an0mn0mn0m4665 karma

Hey Ewan, I took a girlfriend to watch T2 after a Boyle/McGregor marathon and she broke up with me the next day. Can you tweet "WTF Claire?"

EwanMcGregorT27027 karma

WTF Claire

yonkatonka4226 karma

How many takes did it take for you to remaster that sadistic smile you have after you roll off the car?

EwanMcGregorT26558 karma

Got it in take 1. Not something I have to work at. :)

bonjourmr3998 karma

Where was the best place you've visited on bike during your trips with Charley?

EwanMcGregorT25063 karma

Mongolia is a very special place for me.

RiceeeChrispies2570 karma

If you weren't an actor, what job/industry would you have liked to have been in?

EwanMcGregorT24764 karma

I can imagine being a sculptor.

hanekevontrier2211 karma

can you recite the entire "choose life" monologue by heart?

EwanMcGregorT23742 karma

Yes I learned it while walking around Arthur's Seat. I think I'll always remember that speech.

Anthonym822048 karma

How hard was it to recreate a character like you did in the first Trainspotting movie?

EwanMcGregorT24123 karma

It wasn't hard. It seems like Renton's been sitting inside me for 20 years just waiting to come out again.

MacDoogie2037 karma

I am considering purchasing my first motorcycle. What bike would you recommend to a beginner with a modest budget?

EwanMcGregorT24371 karma

Your learner motorcycle should be an un-powerful one like a 125cc. Your first proper bike should be a Triumph 650 or a Motoguzzi V7.

walk_out_2_winter1779 karma

Treat a fangirl - could you just say hi?

EwanMcGregorT22948 karma


liamquane1614 karma

What do you prefer to play heroes or villains?

EwanMcGregorT25249 karma

There are no heroes or villains in my book. Bad guys don't think they're bad guys.

liamquane1596 karma

Do you have any directorial advice?

EwanMcGregorT22864 karma

Always rehearse the scene with the actors alone, and then show the crew.

obnoxiouscarbuncle1546 karma

Got a favorite meal to cook at home?

EwanMcGregorT22932 karma

Avocado with lemon and salt, and a boiled egg.

leftylossies1517 karma

Hey Ewan! I saw an article from September that said you haven't been able to find time for riding motorcycles, has that changed since then? Also whats a dream bike you haven't been able to ride?

EwanMcGregorT23245 karma

I'm not allowed to ride motorcycles while working for insurance reasons, but when I'm not working I ride every day.

serendipity_aey1447 karma

Was there anything you experienced as a director that changed your outlook as an actor? Thanks Ewan!

EwanMcGregorT22675 karma

To be more sympathetic to directors.

SouthCoastSkyline1434 karma

Ewan, I absolutely ADORE your singing voice! Are you looking to do more musical films in the future? Heck, can we just get an album from you?

EwanMcGregorT21999 karma

I'd love to - I love singing in drama. Recording music is such a huge joy.

kjoro1185 karma

How did it feel to make a film in your home country?

EwanMcGregorT22774 karma

It's the 5th film I've made at home. I always love working in Scotland. I can visit my parents on the weekends.

agirlhasnoname7771164 karma

Do you ever miss Scotland and what was t like growing up there and also what is your favorite kind of motorcycle to ride?

EwanMcGregorT21906 karma

I often miss Scotland - it was a wonderful place to grow up. I had a very rural countryside childhood and enjoyed independence from a very young age.

Dino14821057 karma

Ewan! You're almost unrecognizable in your makeup as one of the twins in Fargo season 3. That's crazy! What was that whole process like? Were you eager to tackle the role of the crime twins for Noah Hawley?

EwanMcGregorT21590 karma

The brothers that I play in Fargo are not twins. The makeup is incredible.

kewfant1047 karma

When was the last time you watched the original Trainspotting? Has your view of it changed at all over the past 21 years?

EwanMcGregorT21888 karma

On my flight to Scotland to shoot the sequel.

Locke_John991 karma

Hi Ewan! Any chance of a third installment of Long Way Round/Down? Huge fan of that show and it'd be great to see you and Charlie back on the road again.

EwanMcGregorT2800 karma

No plans at the moment.

funtimefrankie1866 karma

Hi Ewan.did you ever meet iggy pop.and if so is he as crazy as he seems?

EwanMcGregorT21999 karma

Yes - I did meet him and he's as COOL as he seems.

liamquane688 karma

What do you look for in a script?

EwanMcGregorT21341 karma

A good story.

Doorman16555 karma

Have you ever met Louis CK?

EwanMcGregorT2828 karma

Yeah I must've bumped into him somewhere!

appaddict13547 karma

Hi Ewan! You're one of my favorite actors, and I'm so excited to see you in the new season of Fargo. My question is this: what's your favorite book and why?

EwanMcGregorT2913 karma

A favorite book of mine is called Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon that inspired me to do the long motorcycle trips that I've done.

AfricanRain416 karma

Any thoughts on doing a Trainspotting 3? Loved the second one so I would love to see the characters again.

EwanMcGregorT2894 karma

Who knows? We'd all be in our 60s.

tinymerrypony383 karma

Hi Ewan!

Who were your favorite actors as a child?

EwanMcGregorT2638 karma

Jimmy Stewart, David Nevin, Steve McQueen.

liamquane329 karma

What as it like directing your first feature film?

EwanMcGregorT2504 karma

It was a life-changer. Amazing.

slayernator289 karma

How was it working with Van and the rest of the lads from Catfish and the Bottlemen? Loved that video!

EwanMcGregorT2420 karma

We had a great day in New York. I took them to my favorite punk store, Trash and Vaudeville and we had a laugh.

liamquane252 karma

What was the jump like from directing a short to directing a full film?

EwanMcGregorT2459 karma

It was a very long jump, I shot my short in 1996 and my feature film in 2015.

Lydie564250 karma

Hi Ewan, what was for you the most moving scene to shoot in T2?

EwanMcGregorT2464 karma

The scene in the Highlands where I read Spud's poem.

blakerowland224 karma

Was it hard to get back in character for T2? By the way loved it!!!

EwanMcGregorT2383 karma

No - it was nerve-wracking but it came very easily.

liamquane224 karma

Hi Mr. McGregor! HUGE FAN!!!! Can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thanks :~)

EwanMcGregorT2364 karma

Really watch what you're doing.

scottishhusky132 karma

What's your favorite scene in Trainspotting 2 and why?

EwanMcGregorT2293 karma

It's impossible to pick a favorite scene because they were all so amazing to play. But the final sequences where Jonny Lee Miller, Bobby Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and me are all together for the only time in the movie - that was brilliant.

betun6684 karma

do you have any plans for working with Kevin Mckidd again? would love to see you guys together in a play !

EwanMcGregorT2141 karma

I would love that too. Kevin is a brilliant actor and he was missed on the set of T2.

Anthonym8283 karma

When playing Mark, did you ever feel the character hit close to home with someone you knew?

EwanMcGregorT2143 karma

No, I try to think of who the character is from the inside out.

JohanP8851 karma

Yo man! I saw T2 last weekend and I fucking loved it! How was it to get back together?

EwanMcGregorT2104 karma

It was the most amazing experience for us all to be back again working together.

serendipity_aey29 karma

Brassed Off is one of my favorite films ever (along with Trainspotting of course), I love everyone in it, do you have any special memories from making that movie? Thanks Ewan!

EwanMcGregorT239 karma

Yes I loved working with Tara and I have very fond memories of Pete Postlethwaite.

bexy41117 karma

Trainspotting is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I'm looking forward to the sequel! How different was the filming of the T2 from T1?

EwanMcGregorT249 karma

We had longer and we were able to shoot in Edinburgh where the story is set, so that city plays more of a character than it did in the first one. The feeling of being on set with Danny Boyle was as exciting now as it was then.

mavm2108 karma

What was like to be part of the remake of such a memorable film like The Beauty and the Beast?

EwanMcGregorT220 karma

It was such fun to play such a charismatic character. Can't wait for you to see it.

liamquane4 karma

What drew you to the first Trainspotting? And 20 years on, what made you come back for a sequel?

EwanMcGregorT211 karma

Irvine Welsh's Transpotting novel was the book of a generation in Scotland and I had to be in Transpotting. What made me come back the thrill of working with Danny Boyle again and seeing John Hodge's dialogue again and being with those actors again.

Cl0udBr34k2 karma

Love your work! How were the rest of the T2 cast to work with again after 20 years? How much had they changed? How much had they stayed the same?

EwanMcGregorT23 karma

We were all the way I remember us then - except a little older and a little wiser.

MickeyG421 karma

How do you celebrate St Patrick's Day?

EwanMcGregorT22 karma

I don't.

wanktarded1 karma

Do you call it square sauasage or slice & do you prefer ketchup or broon sauce wi' it?

EwanMcGregorT24 karma

Sausage and brown sauce of course.