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What’s that old Hollywood saying? Any publicity is good publicity, right? Then again, I’m not sure if this is something Sony/Columbia really wants from a major actor in one of their big-time Summer studio films. If nothing else, though, it’s certainly a first — a celebrity getting arrested (then quickly released after being cited) at Comic Con, instead of some wacko fan with a knife. (Ahem.)
Welsh actor Rhys Ifans apparently has some issues with the good ol USA, ranting about how “the U.S. sucks” after being momentarily arrested for “shoving a female security guard” on Friday before the “Amazing Spider-Man” panel at the San Diego convention center. The issue? Ifans went out for a smoke along with his entourage, but upon trying to get back into the mythical and notoriously pain-in-the-ass-ish Hall H, couldn’t get all of his (apparently huge) entourage back inside because of improper credentials.
“He was aggressive and belligerent,” Lt. Andra Brown said of the Welsh actor. “He was… berating everyone from the security staff to the United States of America.”
“He was cited and released, which is a non-custodial misdemeanor arrest,” added Brown, who said that the San Diego City Attorney will now determine whether to pursue charges. Ifans could be required to pay a fine, or could contest the case before a judge.
“But, according to him, the U.S. sucks and he doesn’t want to come back,” Brown said.
Besides an apparent general dislike of the good ol U.S. (what did we ever do to him, besides, you know, give him an assload of money to make-believe in a comic book movie — ooooh, the horror, the horror), Ifans apparently didn’t want to be at the geekfest at all. As The Wrap relates:
Ifans joined the “Spider-Man” panel late, after a sneak preview introducing his character. He spoke little, and co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and director Marc Webb fielded most of the questions.
Sounds like someone’s pulling a Russell Crowe circa 2005.
In any case, Tron Guy would never approve of such uncool behavior at Comic Con. Right, Tron Guy?