Rhys Ifans' emotional role

October 8th, 2010

Rhys Ifans cried like a "little girl" after seeing his new movie 'Mr Nice' for the first time.

The actor admits it was such an emotional experience to portray his friend, cannabis smuggler Howard Marks, in the film that the pair openly wept in front of each other after watching it.

He said: "It's my first leading role, so I'm very proud. It's rare you get asked to play someone who is both still alive and a person you know very well.

"We've been friends for about 14 years, since he came out of prison. He's like my big brother. He's even seen my band, The Peth, play in London a few times. We saw the film for the first time together and held hands all the way through. At the end we both wept like little girls. It was really moving."

Rhys admits his favourite scene in the movie - which is based on Howard's book of the same name and documents his life as a drug dealer - was when he got to have an orgy with a host of beautiful actresses.

The 43-year-old star - who stars opposite Chloe Sevigny in the film - told Glamour mgazine: "I'm a red-blooded male, so the orgy was a giggle. Writhing around with women, you can't go wrong. But, as an actor, the most fulfilling scenes were with Chloe Sevigny, who plays Howard's wife, Judy. Their relationship is beautiful."