Drinking, Fighting, Fucking and Crying Title

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

83208899Never having been that much of a fighter myself, one of the eventual problems with this column is, unless I go out and start picking new fights, I’m going to run out of events to relate here, at least in the “Fighting” column. I still have at least two really good stories from my own life that I want to include here, however one of those is rather involved, and the other requires me to scrape together audio from a cassette tape, convert it to digital, and then upload it to youtube. So, in the interim (and because I’m still working on a writing deadline and carrying the weight of my day job so, you know, time) I thought I’d devote a column to what is, in my opinion, possibly the best fight scene in a movie ever.


There’s not much in the way of Choreography with this scene, and it doesn’t even really sustain showing us the actual fighting. But to me this is golden just for the sheer insanity of it – Danny Boyle and Robert Carlyle really capture Irvine Welsh’s Begbie character here; the raw, visceral madness of this scene is exactly how Welsh writes the character; not to sound like a bad movie review blurb, but Welsh often provides these high octane, adrenaline shots straight to the spine with his prose fight scenes, and it’s always endeared the original Trainspotting adaptation to me that the creators/actors were able to capture and convert that to a different medium, something that is definitely not easy to do.

So, enjoy some Franco Begbie fighting madness and next week, well, you know by now…


Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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