Top 24 Trainspotting Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Trainspotting facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Trainspotting film message.

In T2 Trainspotting, when Renton sits at the table with his dad, it looks like a shadow sits in the mother's spot, who has waited for him to return, until she died.
In T2 Trainspotting, when Renton sits at the table with his dad, it looks like a shadow sits in the mother's spot, who has waited for him to return, until she died.
The novel Trainspotting takes place during an AIDS epidemic in Scotland exacerbated by heroin users sharing needles; the character Renton explains to a dying Tommy that he "never shared," and in the movie adaptation you see him refusing a needle and looking for his own.
The novel Trainspotting takes place during an AIDS epidemic in Scotland exacerbated by heroin users sharing needles; the character Renton explains to a dying Tommy that he "never shared," and in the movie adaptation you see him refusing a needle and looking for his own.

Trainspotting Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • When Mark returns home to speak with his father, even though his mother is dead, she is still represented.

  • 1 - There's a boy playing with a blue (Obi-Wan) lightsaber outside Renton's (Ewan MacGregor's) old home
    There's a boy playing with a blue (Obi-Wan) lightsaber outside Renton's (Ewan MacGregor's) old home
  • 1 - T2 Trainspotting - The fictional company IGS's logo is a carefully designed nod to G4S, a much-hated UK security firm (info in comment)
    T2 Trainspotting - The fictional company IGS's logo is a carefully designed nod to G4S, a much-hated UK security firm (info in comment)
  • Sick Boy puts on a Sean Connery accent whilst stealing from an ATM as a throwback to his obsession to SC in the original film

  • 1 - Wallpaper is *similar* to the carpet in The Shining; note that Spud is trying to write, & tempted when Mark/Simon (the twins) shoot up (play)
    Wallpaper is *similar* to the carpet in The Shining; note that Spud is trying to write, & tempted when Mark/Simon (the twins) shoot up (play)

Trainspotting Hidden Details

1 - It is a Sony film. In flashback, Fergus plays a PS3; present day, he has a PS4
It is a Sony film. In flashback, Fergus plays a PS3; present day, he has a PS4
1 - Renton steps over sick boy but walks around Spud despite them lying next to each other symbolysing his regret of stealing from Spud but not sick boy
Renton steps over sick boy but walks around Spud despite them lying next to each other symbolysing his regret of stealing from Spud but not sick boy
1 - : After Renton and the boys mug the American tourist, the barkeep is seen putting on his jacket, showing that he's part of the crimes as well.
: After Renton and the boys mug the American tourist, the barkeep is seen putting on his jacket, showing that he's part of the crimes as well.
1 - During the singing scene it's shown by accident the camera used to get the "mic shots".
During the singing scene it's shown by accident the camera used to get the "mic shots".
1 - Begbie walks past the hospital's "zero tolerance" poster about violence, after mugging a staff member to get a disguise
Begbie walks past the hospital's "zero tolerance" poster about violence, after mugging a staff member to get a disguise
1 - Spud's bag of memories, collected from Gail, is where he got his old shades for some scenes in the 2nd film.
Spud's bag of memories, collected from Gail, is where he got his old shades for some scenes in the 2nd film.

Begbie reads one of Spud's stories on the wall; "The sweat was lashing offay Sick Boy." This is the opening line of the original Trainspotting novel.

1 - The writing on the wall of the nightclub in Trainspotting (1996) is the same as the writing on the walls of the moloko bar in A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The writing on the wall of the nightclub in Trainspotting (1996) is the same as the writing on the walls of the moloko bar in A Clockwork Orange (1971)
1 - Intro to "Trainspotting": Rents falls and stays on the floor with no change of shot. He's "Trainspotting" life. End to T2: Rents keeps his balance and "Tunnel" vision occurs. He's now "on" the train, riding life and not "Spotting" it anymore.
Intro to "Trainspotting": Rents falls and stays on the floor with no change of shot. He's "Trainspotting" life. End to T2: Rents keeps his balance and "Tunnel" vision occurs. He's now "on" the train, riding life and not "Spotting" it anymore.

The opening words in Spud's writings are the same as in Irvine Welsh's novel the films are based on.

Ewan Mcgregor gets cut by a glass thrown during a bar fight.

1 - Sickboy (the serial chancer/scammer) has multiple charity collection tins in his flat, but not his bar, surely for getting free ?s in the street
Sickboy (the serial chancer/scammer) has multiple charity collection tins in his flat, but not his bar, surely for getting free ?s in the street
1 - The end credits show Spud's flat now has a SAFEDEM banner like it's neighbour's, and both towers are being demolished
The end credits show Spud's flat now has a SAFEDEM banner like it's neighbour's, and both towers are being demolished
1 - Spud/Renton/Sickboy's walk (to remember Tommy) mirrors both a T1 scene with Tommy & promo-only T2 shots including Begbie
Spud/Renton/Sickboy's walk (to remember Tommy) mirrors both a T1 scene with Tommy & promo-only T2 shots including Begbie
1 - Sickboy's Bar Snacks menu realistically had some letters pulled off by bored/drunk customers, e.g. to make it say "sand iches" [itches]
Sickboy's Bar Snacks menu realistically had some letters pulled off by bored/drunk customers, e.g. to make it say "sand iches" [itches]
1 - After the American is robbed in the washroom ,the bartender is seen trying on the American Guy's jacket.
After the American is robbed in the washroom ,the bartender is seen trying on the American Guy's jacket.
Trainspotting poster
Trainspotting poster

Trainspotting Plot

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Trainspotting. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Drama
Director Danny Boyle
Stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd
IMDB score 8.1