John Hodge, the man who penned the screenplay for 1996’s seminal (and often-copied) “Trainspotting” (based on Irvine Welsh’s novel), didn’t take what many would consider the traditional path to become a writer. Born into a family of medical doctors, the Glasgow native became an MD himself. It was a meeting with producer Andrew McDonald in the early 1990s which started Hodge on his second career, and a creative pairing with director Danny Boyle which put him on the top of the list of sought after screenwriters.
Hodge first teamed up with Boyle (and actor Ewan McGregor) for the critically acclaimed “Shallow Grave,” but it was with “Trainspotting” where the duo seemed to really hit their stride. Taut direction, Hodge’s fast-paced script and machine gun dialogue, along with a perfect cast made the film a hit. “Trainspotting” garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, but more importantly, it struck a chord with audiences and has the kind of staying power that most filmmakers can only dream about.
Hodge’s credits also include “A Life Less Ordinary,” “The Beach,” and “The Sweeney.” His latest project to hit the big screen is last year’s “The Program,” directed by Stephen Frears, which tells the story of how an Irish journalist (played by Chris O’Dowd) begins to unravel the story of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs and the firestorm which ensues. There is also an unnamed “Trainspotting” sequel in the works, which once again will see Hodge, Boyle, and McGregor (not to mention some of our other favorite characters) dive back into the world of heroin addiction and its aftermath.
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