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Ifans spanner in Shakespeare works

Published 31/03/2010 | 18:12

Rhys Ifans has a nickname for his new film
Rhys Ifans has a nickname for his new film

Rhys Ifans has nicknamed his new film A Spanner In The Complete Works Of Shakespeare.

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The Welsh actor stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis in Anonymous, set in Elizabethan England, and plays an Earl who claims to have written the complete works of Shakespeare.

Rhys laughed: "I play the Earl Of Oxford, who purportedly wrote the complete works of Shakespeare so it's called Anonymous but I call it a Spanner In The Complete Works - so there'll be a few sweaty academics running around England next year, hopefully."

The star of Notting Hill and Enduring Love likes to act in comedies and dramas but believes comedies require more skill.

He said: "I like to do both but having done Nanny McPhee and Harry Potter I needed to do something with a lot of death in it. So you kind of veer from each, it's your needs as an actor.

"But I think comedy really definitely requires more craft and skill. Tragedy kind of asks you to bring your poet to the table almost. Comedy is music essentially, so the rewards are definite.

"But comedy is very difficult on film because you don't get the laughs. It's kind of infectious in the theatre because you're getting a laugh and you're working an audience, so it's kind of working in a bubble on a movie, it's kind of a difficult thing to gauge."

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