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Noel Gallagher turned down ‘Trainspotting’ because he thought it was about actual trainspotters

By Cath Clarke

It's one of the greatest soundtracks ever – a pure blast of ’90s Britpop from the likes of Blur, Elastica and Pulp, alongside classics by Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. The one band weirdly missing from 'Trainspotting' is Oasis. Now we know why. The film's costume designer Rachel Fleming recently met Noel Gallagher, who admitted that he got completely the wrong end of the stick when Oasis were approached for the 1996 film. Here's Fleming, explaining: ‘He said to me: “I would have done something, but honestly I thought it was about trainspotters. I didn't know.”’

Fleming was talking at a twentieth anniversary screening of ‘Trainspotting’ alongside the film’s producer Andrew Macdonald, who remembered how keen the film's director Danny Boyle was to get Oasis involved at the time. But, according to The Telegraph who reported the story, Macdonald mostly kept shtum about the upcoming 'Trainspotting' sequel: ‘It's 20 years later and they have all moved on,' Macdonald shared. 'They are at different places in their lives and some of them may even have children.’ We do know that all four lead actors will be back, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle, with Boyle directing again. The plot is inspired by ‘Porno’, Irvine Welsh’s ‘Trainspotting’ sequel, and the film is out on January 27 2017.

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