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T2: McGregor vs Morgan

24 January 2017 | Billy Thompson

Trainspotting. A cult classic.

It’s one of my favourite films and it’s coming back twenty years later with a sequel.

The new film, ‘T2 Trainspotting’ is released in UK cinemas this Friday (27th January) and it features the original cast.

Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) are all back and I can’t wait to see what the gang are up to twenty years on.

To promote the new release, the actors have been doing a string of media interviews. Ewan McGregor was set to be interviewed about the film this morning on ‘Good Morning Britain’, however he pulled out less than an hour before.

McGregor went to Twitter to explain, writing: ‘Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn't realise @piersmorgan was host. Won't go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch’.

Women’s marches were taking place in cities all around the world to protest Donald Trump becoming president of the United States. Piers Morgan, who is a self-proclaimed fan and friend of President Trump, made a comment regarding the women’s march earlier this week saying “For every woman who marches with good intent there are women who I would categorise as rabid feminists who don't like men very much."

Ewan (who from what I can see from his Twitter is very anti-trump and all for women’s rights) clearly didn’t like these comments. I get that he didn’t want to be in the presence of Piers Morgan (I certainly wouldn’t either, I can’t stand the bloke!), however he was there to talk about his new film, not politics.

There have been a lot of mixed opinions on Twitter about the situation. Lots are saying fair play to Ewan, others are saying he should have at least gone on the show and voiced his opinions (now that would’ve been a heated debate that I’d love to see).

From a PR point of view, this has certainly helped put McGregor in the headlines and therefore the movie. But is it necessarily good PR? Instead of this highly anticipated film being the central topic just days before its release, Ewan McGregor’s political views are.

The furore has certainly highlighted the interview – or rather, the lack of it. I doubt I’d have paid much attention to a GMB interview and didn’t even know that Ewan McGregor was due to go on. Now though, it’s everywhere in the press, and subsequently so is T2 Trainspotting.

I say fair play to Ewan to standing up to what he believes in, however he probably should’ve just bit the bullet with Morgan and cracked on with the interview.