Sunday, July 24, 2011

When people you admire in Show Business behave badly: Rhys Ifans being Exhibit A for today.

Having been in both Show Business (although in a very low-level sense) and Poetry Show Business, I've been witness to Famous People in both realms behaving badly on a sliding scale of surprising to positively scary (one of the latter incidents involved being yelled at by the late actor John Vernon--forever to be known as ANIMAL HOUSE's Dean Wormer--when I worked as a background actor on a DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. episode).

I've never met Rhys Ifans, but it's sad to read about jerky, physically and verbally assaultive behavior that he displayed at San Diego's Comic-Con.

Nonetheless, it doesn't detract from my enjoyment of Ifans' performances in the films NOTTING HILL, PIRATE RADIO, GREENBERG (where he played a non-jerk friend to Ben Stiller's rather self-centered, oblivious-to-others lead character) and ENDURING LOVE.

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