Interview: Irvine Welsh discusses Filth

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Irvine Welsh was “blown away” by the screenplay for Filth, the Trainspotting author has revealed.

Speaking to Gina Davidson at the film’s world premiere in Edinburgh on Monday, Welsh said that director Jon S Baird and James McAvoy, who plays anti-hero Bruce Robertson in the movie, were key to the film’s success.

Irvine Welsh speaks to the media ahead of the world premiere of Filth in Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Irvine Welsh speaks to the media ahead of the world premiere of Filth in Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

He said: “If you didn’t have a really bold director and a really strong lead actor... [the film] could’ve been really bad.”

In the interview, Welsh also talks about involving actor and singer David Soul in the movie, debuting the film in the capital, and how Baird’s cinematic vision compares to his book.

Video: Phil Wilkinson

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