Rhys Ifans
Welsh actor
Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans is a Welsh actor and musician. He is known for his portrayal of characters such as Spike in Notting Hill and Jed Parry in Enduring Love and as a member of the Welsh rock groups Super Furry Animals and The Peth. Ifans also appeared as Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man. He played Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, in Anonymous.
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"Snowden": Love, Life and Privacy in the Time of Surveillance
Huffington Post - 5 months
Oliver Stone's excellent new film "Snowden" is a primer on life in the digital age - the perils to privacy, professionalism and the personal. Through an extended series of flashbacks in the life of whistleblower Edward Snowden, Stone shows us the impacts of global surveillance on relationships from international to interpersonal. Stone's dramatization builds around and out from Laura Poitras Academy Award winning documentary "Citizen Four." We meet Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the prison like confines of his Hong Kong hotel room, a refugee of conscience, blowing the whistle on his U.S. spy agency employers. Through a series of flashbacks, Snowden emerges a brilliant, geeky, well considered patriot from a military family. He is moved by the events of 9/11 to volunteer for Special Forces training. After breaking both legs, Snowden is forced off the active front lines into intelligence service. He eagerly joins CIA global communications at their headquarters in ...
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Jared Leto In 'Suicide Squad' Is The Worst Kind Of Movie Villain
Huffington Post - 7 months
Somewhere along the way, Hollywood decided that villainy is synonymous with camp. Evil, in its most uninspired cinematic forms, is coated in showy extravagance. While a little outsize depravity can be fun, this weekend’s “Suicide Squad” proves we have hit a plateau where bigger is almost certainly not better.  Of course, I am referring primarily to Jared Leto, he of the insufferable rat-gifting, always-in-character method acting that led to an obnoxiously calculated take on the psychopathic Joker. Leto is proud of his performance ― the self-inflation radiates off of him every time he’s onscreen, which is far less frequent than one would assume, given how extensively he has teased this role for the better part of the past year. (Good move, Warner Bros.) Leto said he prepped for the project by watching footage of violent crimes on YouTube, but his works seems more like a the result of a checklist than a study in delinquency. His mantra must have been, “Wide eyes, empty hearts, can’t ...
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Rhys Ifans keeps it real and lightweight 'Len and Company'
LATimes - 9 months
With his floppy, sloppy look, hangdog sneer and real-life musical background, Rhys Ifans was born to play onetime punk rocker Len Black in the engaging dramedy “Len and Company.” Unfortunately, the actor feels more authentic than his character, given a script (by director Tim Godsall and Katharine...
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How did “Serena” go from an Oscar contender to a pretender?
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
You probably aren’t aware of this, but a third Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence collaboration is opening in theaters this weekend. In fact, it has been available On Demand for weeks already. Yes, a film that stars arguably the two biggest stars in Hollywood had a VOD start before the impending limited release on Friday. What movie is this, you ask? Well, it’s Serena, a once incredibly high profile adaptation that had the likes of Darren Aronfosky and Angelina Jolie circling it. Initially slated to come out even before American Hustle, hoping to capitalize on the Cooper/Lawrence success in Silver Linings Playbook, this seemed like a strong Academy Awards player. So…what happened? For those of you not in the know about Serena, here’s a brief overview. It’s adapted from the novel of the same name by Ron Rash, directed by Oscar winning foreign filmmaker Susanne Bier, and written by Christopher Kyle. The plot concerns timber businessman George Pemberton (played by Cooper) and the machinati ...
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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Teases Hobgoblin And Venom's Wife
MTV News - over 3 years
By Charles Webb The 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' is leaving the door open for at least two more villains, thanks to a recent post on the film's Daily Bugle Tumblr. The latest post focuses on the upcoming trial of Dr. Curt Connors, AKA the Lizard, with the Rhys Ifans character catching a few charges for his alter ego's rampage through New York in the first film. The lawyer defending Connors for his attempted lizardization of New York without a license is defense attorney Anne Weying who fans might know as the ex-wife of Eddie Brock, the disgraced journalist and high top fade enthusiast who would one day become Venom. Weying would, herself end up with a symbiote makeover as the murderous She-Venom after being shot and bonding with the alien suit in the 90's miniseries, "Venom: Sinner Take All." She wasn't the ego-driven lunatic that her ex was, but nonetheless racked up the body count as She-Venom Also: the Hobgoblin is being teased! Or at least, the Sony marketing wants us to ...
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Adele Driving Test Instructor Had 'No Idea' Who Singer Was
Huffington Post - over 3 years
She may have eight Grammys under her belt, but when Adele buckled up for her recent driver's test in England, she went unrecognized. The Telegraph published a hilarious interview with Noel Gaughan, a "celebrity driving instructor," in which he admits that he had "no idea" who the 25-year-old powerhouse singer was, even as she started singing her most popular hits. "She would sing some beautiful songs and say 'you must know this one' but I don't really know many celebrities," Gaughan, who also helped train One Direction's Niall Horan, Rhys Ifans and James McAvoy, told the newspaper. He appears to have spent some quality time with Adele, adding: "Her little boy Angelo is doing absolutely brilliant. She is very much a proper mum who lives for her son. Driving will give her a bit of freedom and she is looking forward to be able to go off with just her and Angelo. She worked very hard with me and learned very quickly." The appreciation is mutual, judging from Adele's kind words abo ...
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Rhys Ifans Joins Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime's 'Trending Down'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Rhys Ifans is taking to the small screen in a big way. "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Ifans, who's signed on for a recurring role in the upcoming season of CBS's "Elementary," has now also joined the Showtime pilot "Trending Down," co-starring alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn. The pilot, described as "a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter," revolves around Thom Payne (Hoffman), a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over. Ifans will play Jonathan Clow, Payne's boss. ...
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Former 'Smash' Star Joins 'Elementary'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Smash" alum Jeremy Jordan is heading to "Elementary." The former Broadway star will appear in a Season 2 episode of CBS's Sherlock-centric drama as Joey Castoro, who has a connection to Joan Watson’s (Lucy Liu) past, TVLine was the first to report. A rep for CBS has confirmed to The Huffington Post that Jordan will appear in an October episode of "Elementary" as Joey, the son of a surgical patient who died in Watson's care. “We’re going to ... explore Joan's feelings of guilt,” executive producer Rob Doherty told TVLine. “At what point do you tap your guilt and give yourself permission to live a life?” Jordan isn't the only new face headed to "Elementary" Season 2. Rhys Ifans has joined the show as Sherlock Holmes's (Jonny Lee Miller) big brother Mycroft, and Sean Pertwee will assume the role of Lestrade, the Scotland Yard inspector who has alternately appeared as Sherlock's friend, facilitator or an inept extension of the police force in the characters' various i ...
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Why He Turned Down 'Elementary' (At First)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LONDON -- Sherlock Holmes is back on home turf in the second-season premiere of "Elementary" – and so, a bit uncomfortably, is star Jonny Lee Miller. "It's a little bit surreal, to be honest with you," said the British actor, who plays a New York-based Sherlock in CBS' modern-day take on the great detective. It was the U.S. setting that convinced him to do the show, which debuted last fall on the heels of both Robert Downey Jr.'s big-screen Holmes and the BBC's acclaimed series "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch. There were grumbles in the media about a Sherlock glut, and Miller says he felt some trepidation about taking on the iconic role. "I turned it down because of that, initially," said Miller, who has played a San Francisco lawyer in the ABC TV series "Eli Stone" and a Scottish heroin addict in 1990s movie classic "Trainspotting." "I wouldn't have done it here" in London, he said. A season in, "Elementary" is a hit for CBS, and here Miller ...
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'Elementary' Has Found Its Lestrade
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CBS' "Elementary" has cast its Lestrade. British actor Sean Pertwee will assume the role of the Scotland Yard inspector who has alternately appeared as Sherlock Holmes' friend, facilitator or an inept extension of the police force in the characters' various iterations. Pertwee announced his casting via Twitter, noting that he's filming scenes in both London and New York. CBS confirms that Pertwee will appear in the season premiere. About to shoot Elementary with my chums in London / NY playing Lestrade . Can I get a Whoop Whoop ! — Sean Pertwee (@seanpertwee) July 3, 2013 Pertwee's casting follows the news that Rhys Ifans will play Mycroft Holmes, the older brother of Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock. All three actors have previously worked together, starring in the 2000 British film "Love, Honor and Obey." The project also featured Jude Law, who plays Dr. John Watson in the current "Sherlock Holmes" movie franchise alongside Robert Downey Jr. Six Degrees of Sherlock Separati ...
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Rhys Ifans to Play Sherlock Holmes' Brother on CBS' 'Elementary'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Rhys Ifans is taking it to the small screen. The "Amazing Spider-Man" and "Notting Hill" actor has signed on for a recurring role on CBS' Sherlock Holmes revamp "Elementary," the network said Wednesday." Ifans will play Sherlock's older brother, Mycroft Holmes, beginning with the drama's Season 2 premiere on September 26. The premiere is being shot on location in London. In it, Sherlock (played by Jonny Lee Miller) takes up an old case in London and is forced to confront Mycroft. ...
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Kate Moss and Sienna Miller Pair Up for a Pal's London Wedding
PopSugar - over 3 years
Kate Moss was accompanied by her husband Jamie Hince to attend the wedding of her personal assistant, Fiona Young, at Camden Town Hall in London on Saturday. Kate greeted the bride, who wore a light pink dress, with an enthusiastic smile and mingled with fellow wedding guests, which included Sienna Miller. While Kate had Jamie by her side, Sienna attended the nuptials solo, however, her ex-boyfriend, Rhys Ifans, was also a guest. Sienna and Rhys ended their relationship in 2008, and she has since moved on to become a mom to her one-year-old daughter, Marlowe, with her fiancé Tom Sturridge. She was not the only one to encounter a former flame at a wedding this weekend. Prince Harry attended the marriage celebration of pals Lady Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee, and both his ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, and current love interest, Cressida Bonas, were guests of the Northumberland nuptials as well. View Slidesh ...
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WATCH: The Lost Plot Of 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Marvel's The Avengers" wasn't the only summer blockbuster with a wealth of deleted footage. "The Amazing Spider-Man" was presumed to have excised a ton of scenes that further explained the origins of The Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans), and now video evidence of the cuts exist. The deleted scenes are part of the Blu-ray release of "The Amazing Spider-Man" due in stores next month. In the video above, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is shown tracking The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors to his lair in the New York City sewer system. The pair of genetically-altered men discuss Peter's father, his research and what Connors plans to do to Manhattan's unsuspecting residents; their conversation is cut short by Rajit Ratha (Irrfan Khan), an Oscorp executive who tries to save Parker from Connors' growing Lizard wrath. (Interestingly, the deleted scene provides closure for Khan's character, who was left literally hanging from the Williamsburg bridge in the finished film.) "The section wher ...
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New DVDs: Safe and The Five -Year Engagement
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Also: "Frank Capra: The Early Collection" (box set of five 1930s Capra classics compiled by Turner Classic Movies, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the Film Foundation), "Grey's Anatomy: Complete Eighth Season," "The Office: Season Eight," "Criminal Minds: The Seventh Season," Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Rhys Ifans in "The Five-Year Engagement." Mei (Catherine Chan) and Luke Wright (Jason Statham) in "Safe." Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
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Celeb birthdays for the week of July 22-28
Yahoo News - over 4 years
July 22: Actor Orson Bean ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") is 84. Actress Louise Fletcher is 78. Singer Chuck Jackson is 75. Actor Terence Stamp is 74. Game show host Alex Trebek is 72. Singer George Clinton is 71. Singer-actor Bobby Sherman is 69. Actor Danny Glover is 66. Writer-director Paul Schrader is 66. Singer Don Henley is 65. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 65. Composer Alan Menken ("Little Mermaid," ''Little Shop of Horrors") is 63. Musician Al Di Meola is 58. Actor Willem Dafoe is 57. Singer Keith Sweat is 51. Singer Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is 49. Actor-comedian David Spade is 48. Actor John Leguizamo is 48. Bassist Pat Badger of Extreme is 45. Actor Rhys Ifans is 45. Musician Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) is 39. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 39. Actress Franka Potente ("The Bourne Identity") is 38. Actress Selena Gomez is 20.
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Rhys Ifans' Lizard transformation
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
WELSHMAN Rhys Ifans lets his lizard side loose as Spider-Man's arch nemesis, writes Neala Johnson.
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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ amazes
Bolivar Mo News - over 4 years
“The Amazing Spider-Man” retells the origin of everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man for 2012. This reboot of the cinematic mythology forgets the three films previously directed by Sam Raimi and allows the aptly-named director Marc Webb to put Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) back in high school where his main squeeze is Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and his first superpowered adversary is the scaly Lizard and his alter ego Dr. Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans). Can the wall crawler save the day and prevent Manhattan from being turned reptilian? The Story Brandon Cone: In recent years the original “Spider-Man” trilogy has lost its luster for me. Despite how groundbreaking those films — especially the first one — were, they haven’t aged well. Then when you compare them to other superhero films that have come out since, the quality just isn’t there, so I was very excited for this “remake.” I was not disappointed. Josh Phillips: Neither was I. Like Brandon, I saw the shine fall of ...
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Dan Persons: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Amazing Spider-Man
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Nothing like using the patriotic holiday of the Fourth of July to re-introduce the U.S. to a beloved New York Commie liberal. Or The Amazing Spider-Man, if you will: Big Apple native and irradiated-arachnid-bit crime fighter. Sony has decided to punch the reboot button for what is actually the fourth installment of the franchise (but should we start counting from one again?). Gone is the post-college, working-joe Peter Parker; the revenge-obsessed Harry Osborne; and romantic shuttlecock Mary Jane. Here instead is Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), humble high-school student; big bad villain, the Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and alt love-interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Plus the wrinkle of a whole new conspiracy theory added to the tragic death of Parker's parents and his eventual transformation into the cocky web-slinger. Come join Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and I as we determine whether going back to square one was worth the effort, how director Marc ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rhys Ifans
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In 2015, Ifans starred with Jennifer Aniston in She's Funny That Way, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
    More Details Hide Details He was briefly lead vocalist of the rock band Super Furry Animals before they released any records.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    In September 2012, Ifans became patron of the Welsh-language Wikipedia (Wicipedia Cymraeg), together with The Most Reverend Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales.
    More Details Hide Details Ifans has a brother, Llŷr Ifans, who is also an actor. They starred together in the Welsh-produced film Twin Town.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    In August 2011, the local District Attorney's office announced that Ifans would not be charged due to lack of evidence.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Ifans won a BAFTA for his portrayal of comedian Peter Cook in the TV film Not Only But Always. On 16 July 2007, he received an Honorary Fellowship of Bangor University, for services to the film industry.
    During 2011 Comic Con, Ifans was arrested for misdemeanour battery by San Diego police, after allegedly pushing a guard prior to speaking on a guest panel.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    Rhys was romantically linked to actress Sienna Miller. In June 2008 it was reported that Miller had ended the relationship with Ifans a few months after they had become engaged.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 37
    In 2005, Ifans made a guest appearance for the rock band Oasis in the video for their single "The Importance of Being Idle," for which he accepted their award for Video of the Year at the 2006 NME Awards.
    More Details Hide Details He has also appeared in the music videos for "God! Show Me Magic", and "Hometown Unicorn" by Super Furry Animals, "Mulder & Scully" by Catatonia, and "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Tom Jones and Stereophonics. Since 2007, Ifans has sung with the psychedelic rock band The Peth (peth is Welsh for "thing"), featuring Super Furry Animals' Dafydd Ieuan, which played a number of concert dates in south Wales and in London in the autumn of 2008. The band played its first date outside London or Wales on 28 September 2008 at the Southampton Soul Cellar.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    In 2002 Ifans gained some controversy, reported in the British media, for his alleged support of Welsh nationalist group Meibion Glyndŵr, a militant group which burnt more than 100 empty second homes in the Welsh heartlands in the 1980s.
    More Details Hide Details This was mainly because of comments he made in an interview conducted by Mariella Frostrup for the newspaper The Observer.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    He narrated the children's animated series Sali Mali for S4C in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, he appeared in "Six Days One June", one of three episodes of the TV series The Last Word Monologues, written by Hugo Blick and broadcast on BBC Two. He played a lonely Welsh farmer trying to free himself from a domineering mother. After his role as Jeremy Lewis in the Swansea-based movie Twin Town (1997), Ifans gained international exposure in his role as the slovenly housemate Spike in the British film Notting Hill (1999). Reportedly, in preparation for the role, Ifans did not wash himself or brush his teeth. He played Adrian, the pompous eldest brother in Little Nicky (2000). Other film roles include: Eyeball Paul in Kevin and Perry Go Large (2000), Nigel in The Replacements (2000), Iki in The 51st State (2001), William Dobbin in Vanity Fair (2004), and Vladis Grutas in Hannibal Rising (2007). He played Jed Parry in the film version of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love, and the lead role in Danny Deckchair (2003) as Danny Morgan.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 22
    Ifans appeared in many Welsh-language television programmes before embarking on his film career, as well as performing at the Royal National Theatre, London and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. In 1990, he presented Stwnsh (Welsh for "Mash"), an anarchic children's quiz programme.
    More Details Hide Details A total of 31 fifteen-minute programmes were broadcast on Welsh-language TV channel S4C.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Ifans was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, in 1967, the son of Beti-Wyn (née Davies), a nursery school teacher, and Eirwyn Evans, a primary school teacher.
    More Details Hide Details He has a brother Llŷr Ifans. Their first language was Welsh. Ifans grew up in Ruthin, North Wales, and received his primary education at Ysgol Pentrecelyn. He attended Ysgol Maes Garmon, a Welsh language secondary school in Mold, Flintshire, where he sat his O levels and A levels. He also attended youth acting schools at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Early stage work by Ifans included Hamlet at Theatre Clwyd, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Regent's Park Theatre, and Under Milk Wood and Volpone at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in 2003's Accidental Death of an Anarchist. In December 2006, he returned to the London stage in Michael Grandage's production Don Juan in Soho at the Donmar Warehouse (run ended 10 February 2007).
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