R | | Drama
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.
Kelly Macdonald got the part when the production crew were handing out flyers across Glasgow, for anyone eager to audition. When Danny Boyle first laid eyes on her, with a plain hairdo, in a corridor surrounded by many glamorous girls, he knew she was the one. He wanted someone unknown, so no-one would guess a 19-year-old is playing a schoolgirl. Macdonald still has the promotional flyer at home.
Mark "Rent-boy" Renton:
Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed ...
The amount of beer on Begbie's shirt after making the heroin deal.
Profile pictures of the cast are shown during the beginning of the end credits.
In some versions, the toilet where Rentboy dives into, has a sign hanging on the door: "worst toilet of Scotland". In other versions it shows a re-shoot without this sign.
$262,673 21 July 1996
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