Rhys Ifans (born Rhys Evans, 22.7.1968) Rhys Ifans is a Welsh actor.
Childhood: Rhys Ifans was born in Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to Beti Wyn and Eurwyn Evans. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother at a nursery and his father at a primary school.
Rhys grew up with Welsh as his first language, hence using the Welsh spelling of his surname (though he states that this is simply to be difficult).
Rhys Ifans grew up in Ruthin, North Wales and attended the primary school at which his mother worked - Ysgol Pentrecelyn - and then Ysgol Maes Garmon, a Welsh language secondary school. Whilst he was at school, he also took acting classes at Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
Rhys has a brother Llyr, who is also an actor. He and his brother both appeared in Twin Town.
Film & TV Career: In 1990, Rhys Ifans presented a children's TV show entitled Sdwnsh (translated to 'Mash' in English). He presented 31 of the 15 minute programmes on the Welsh TV channel S4C.
As well as appearing in a number of television programmes, Rhys Ifans also performed onstage at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Rhys Ifans briefly sang lead vocals for the alternative rock group Super Furry Animals, before they rose to fame.
Ifans' big break came in 1997, when he starred alongside his brother in Twin Town. The black comedy, set in Swansea has become a cult classic, though its success was moderate at the time of release. He then went on to play Eyeball Paul in Kevin and Perry Go Large. This film was an expansion of a Harry Enfield sketch and also starred Kathy Burke.
In 1999, he appeared in Notting Hill, the hugely successful film written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
2000 saw him feature as Adrian in Adam Sandler's comedy Little Nicky. The film received a lukewarm reception at the time of release but has since gathered support.
Ifans then went on to appear in The Replacements, a film about American football, which starred Gene Hackman, Keanu Reeves and Brooke Langton. Ifans plays the role of a Welsh soccer player by the name of Nigel Gruff.
This was followed by a role in 51st State, a film that centers around a fictional drug. The film was shot on location in Liverpool and had an all-star cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Meat Loaf, Robert Carlyle and Ricky Tomlinson.
In 2003, Rhys Ifans played the lead role in Danny Deckchair, playing Danny Morgan, an unhappy construction worker that ties helium balloons to his deckchair at a party and takes flight.
In 2004, Rhys Ifans starred in Vanity Fair, an adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray novel, playing the role of Major William Dobbin. The film also starred Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Bob Hoskins. Later that year, he also featured in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Enduring Love, which co-starred Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Bill Nighy.
Rhys Ifans won a BAFTA for his portrayal of the late comedian Peter Cook, in Not Only But Always in 2005. That same year, he appeared in a music video for Oasis' 'The Importance of Being Idle'. He accepted their 'Video Of The Year' award at the NME awards for them. He also appeared in videos for Super Furry Animals, Catatonia and Tom Jones & The Stereophonics.
Three years later, Rhys Ifans landed a role in Hannibal Rising, the fifth film in the Hannibal Lecter series of films based on the novels by Thomas Harris. Hannibal Rising also starred Gaspard Ulliel and Gong Li.
Rhys Ifans also sings with his own band, The Peth, which features Dafydd Ieuan of Super Furry Animals.
When he appeared on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross in March 2009, Rhys Ifans announced that he would be playing Howard Marks, in a biopic about the legendary drug smuggler.
Personal Life: Rhys Ifans dated Sienna Miller in the past and has a tattoo of a swallow on his wrist to match Sienna's own tattoo.
Here's another remarkable biopic from Oliver Stone, who has used all-star casts and intensely pointed filmmaking to trace the lives of such people as JFK, Nixon, Jim Morrison and George W. Bush. And now he turns his attention to whistleblower Edward Snowden. This is an urgent, skilfully made film that manages to avoid preachy politics as it asks the central question: was Snowden a traitor or a patriot?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Ed, a nerdy genius who never went to university but was spotted by CIA trainer Corbin (Rhys Ifans) and brought into the fold. Rising through the ranks, he moves from Virginia to Switzerland, Japan and Hawaii, accompanied by his long-suffering girlfriend Lindsay (Shailene Woodley), who isn't allowed to know what he does for a living. Over the years, his faith in America's government is shaken as he discovers the scale of its data-gathering operation, collecting all telephone and internet information on every person on earth, whether or not they're a suspect. And he believes that the taxpayers have a right to know what their elected officials are doing.
The script tells the story as Ed describes his life to filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and two Guardian journalists (Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson) while hiding in a Hong Kong hotel, an event recounted in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour. Eventually, this element of the story generates some proper action as the CIA tracks him down and gives chase. Stone orchestrates these scenes expertly, generating some real adrenaline without sacrificing the bigger narrative. And Gordon-Levitt is simply remarkable, vanishing into the role so effectively that the final dissolve to the real Snowden is barely perceptible. His chemistry with Woodley is complex and engaging (even with a gratuitous sex scene), creating a terrific central love story to guide the audience through the events.
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Edward Snowden always knew he wanted to serve his country and, as most young men and women who feel the need to serve their country, he enrolled in the United States Army Reserves, training was tough and it took a toll on his body, an accident led to Snowden fracturing both his legs, his plans for the future were thrown into chaos and he had to evaluate a new way to serve - as well as make a living.
Turing to one of his other natural skills, Snowden continued to hone his computer skills and finally applied for a job at the CIA. Working his way up the ranks, Snowden became an intrinsic member of staff and it lead him to be offered a new job at the NSA by their deputy director. His job was to analyse the internet, to find new ways to intercept the one communication from the 'bad guy' amongst all the innocent communications each person sends on a day to day basis but what he discovers is that the NSA have access to far more knowledge and information than he or any other normal citizen would expect.
Though he's never believed in sharing state secrets, now he's privy to this information, Snowden knows he must do something with it and that he might be putting his life on the line in order to bring this enormous data privacy breach to light. Sneaking out files via a micro drive hidden in his rubik's cube, Snowden contacts three journalists Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and Glenn Greenwald with his newly found knowledge and they begin to unfold the information.
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As Alice is once again taken into the magical and mysterious world that she's somehow connected to, Alice finds herself with her friends on the other side of the looking glass. Through Alice doesn't really know why, she's attached to the peculiar world and its inhabitants but her latest visit will put the young girl in grave danger.
The Red Queen has gained a dangerous new ally who is out to find the young blonde haired girl. As the clock ticks and tocks, the game of kings becomes a whole new reality and Alice must find a way to beat her opponents.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is based on the characters from Lewis Carroll's novel and is produced by Tim Burton. The Muppets director James Bobin directs the feature film.
Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
Kevin Allen has dramatised and adapted Dylan Thomas's classic poem Under Milk Wood. The poem was initially created as a radio drama but was turned into a film by Andrew Sinclair in 1972, Now, director Kevin Allen updates the tale once more and offers viewers a 'radically surreal and erotic film'.
Instead of making a straight translation, the adaptation was written by Murray Lachlan Young, Michael Breen and Allen and takes more of an abstract look at the work.
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In June 2013, a high-flying 29-year-old government employee named Edward Snowdon suddenly found himself the most wanted man in the world after leaking classified documents from the US government to the media. An intelligent young man, whose army career at just 20 led him to join the CIA and eventually become an NSA contractor where he was faced with what he deemed as seriously questionable ethics from his colleagues, and those above him. Disturbed by the lies spoken by those around him and with a direct concern for the welfare of the people, he sought justice. He knew what such a move would entail, and indeed he was accused of being a traitor when the government tried to suggest that his actions had a negative impact on their counterterrorism programmes, but he knew he couldn't watch the citizens of Earth be continually deceived.
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Highly respected theatre director Arnold Albertson could not have made more of a mistake when he spends the night with a young and attractive escort named Izzy; now determined to become an actress, she turns up at auditions for his next big Broadway show the following day. To make matters even more awkward, his wife Delta is already cast in the upcoming play and Izzy's remarkable skill leaves him no choice but to take her on to avoid suspicion from the rest of the impressed cast. Unfortunately, it isn't long before Delta's co-star and ex-boyfriend Seth (who happens to still be in love with Delta) finds out about Arnold's brazen infidelity, and with this hanging over him, Arnold has no idea if show will go on if the truth comes out. Izzy is also causing a stir in other people's love lives; her therapist Jane has fallen head over heels for Arnold's playwright Joshua, but he only has eyes for Izzy. Who knew one girl could be so much trouble?
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Wacky enough to make us smile but never laugh out loud, this screwball comedy harks back to those nutty 1970s farces Woody Allen used to make about a group of neurotic urbanites. Actually, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich used to make those kinds of movies too (1972's What's Up Doc is a classic). But he gives this film an oddly muted tone and uneven cast, which leaves it enjoyably silly even though it's never very funny.
It's set in a version of Manhattan where everyone sees the same shrink, eats in the same restaurant and stays at the same hotel, conveniently. Isabella (Imogen Poots) is working as a hooker, and her next john is Arnold (Owen Wilson), who offers her $30,000 if she gives up being a call girl after tonight and pursues her dream of becoming an actress. Then when she goes for her first Broadway audition, she's shocked to discover that Arnold is the director, and her costars would be his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and leery actor Seth (Rhys Ifans), who knows what she used to do for a living. Another ex-client (Austin Pendleton) is obsessing because Isabella has vanished, so he visits the tetchy therapist Jane (Jennifer Aniston), who not only happens to also be counselling Isabella but is dating the playwright Joshua (Will Forte) who fell for Isabella at her audition.
The entanglement between these seven characters is recounted in flashback as Isabella is interviewed by a jaded Hollywood reporter (Illeana Douglas), so the film has a rather episodic structure as it traces each slapstick encounter between these people. With the plot so ludicrously convoluted, it's up to the actors keep us entertained, and they're a mixed bag. Aniston is surprisingly funny as the short-tempered psychologist who really should be in therapy herself, and Hahn gets the balance just right between the manic emotion and the darker comedy. Ifans has his moments as well, creeping around the corners of most scenes. But Poots never quite convinces in the focal role, while Wilson merely recycles his usual hapless routine and Forte gets lost in the shuffle as the token nice guy.
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William Shakespeare just got even better.
Double Falsehood, a play said to have been written by William Shakespeare but disputed for years, is almost certainly the work of the 16th century bard, new research has found. Shakespeare appears to have written the play with John Fletcher, a contemporary who is thought to have worked with the poet and playwright on three projects.
Rhys Ifans starred in the William Shakespeare movie Anonymous
Nevertheless, "the entire play was consistently linked to Shakespeare with a high probability," the authors of the new study wrote.
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Rhys Ifans - Welshman and former drug smuggler Howard Marks and Friends including actor Rhys Ifans who played Marks in a film, perform in concert at The Forum in London, United Kingdom - Saturday 28th February 2015
Emma Bovary is a young Christian woman from Normandy, France with proper values, whose marriage to the town's doctor she hopes will bring money, high status and unending excitement compared to her miserly life on her father's farm. A handsome and intelligent fellow, it seems Emma couldn't wish for a better husband, though as time progresses his frequent coldness towards her and lack of ambition starts to weigh heavy on her heart. On one of her rare social occasions, she and Charles attend a dinner party hosted by Monsieur Homais, and it's there she meets a handsome young man named Leon Dupuis. Dupuis presents gifts and the romantic exhilaration she so craves, but she is trapped by the conventions of respectable marriage. Meanwhile, her taste for the finer things in life have thrust her into huge debt and now she has serious worries about her future.
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Anna Friel, Rhys Ifans and Hampton Court Palace - Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans London, England - Raisa Gorbachev Foundation - party held at the Hampton Court Palace - Arrivals. Thursday 22nd September 2011
Date of birth
22nd July, 1967
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