Musician Rhys Ifans to play Xenophilius Lovegood! I’m having a GREAT day!

By | March 23, 2010

Sometimes people tell me “have a nice day” and I don’t. Today, I just had it. I had that nice day. But it wasn’t nice, it was completely GREAT! I swear, all kinds of little things are going right for me today, all unexpectedly, things I can’t say here and now, but … I’m seriously having one of the greatest days of my life today.

One thing I can tell you that I’m very excited about is this:  I found out today who plays my namesake, Xenophilius Lovegood: Musician Rhys Ifans (pronounced Rees E-fawns).

This will be awesome!

JK Rowling says it’s all the WB, that she has no say in the casting, but whomever made this selection has really made my day! A musician/actor to play Xenophilius!

( Another coincidence to add to my collection:  I wrote a song called “Mr. Nobody” several years ago, and there is Rhys, in a really cool sounding movie called Mr. Nobody now in post-production that I’m just reading about now …)

In the year 2092, a time when Mars is a vacation spot, Nemo Nobody is a 117-year-old man who is the last mortal among humans who have become immortal due to scientific advances involving the perpetual rejuvenation of telomeres.[2] When Nemo is on his deathbed, he reviews the three possible existences and marriages he might have experienced.[3] References to the big bang theory, the nature of time, superstring theory, memory, help structure the plot.  … Rhys Ifans and Natasha Little play Nemo’s parents.  – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Nobody

Getting back to Harry Potter, Rhys is fantastic, a better me than me! I’m a little kid jumping up and down…  I can’t wait to see the last two “Harry Potter” movies!!

This is from a while back, but I missed it until now….

Even seven movies in, there are still going to be new characters showing up later this year when the “Harry Potter” series begins arcing toward its conclusion in the first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” One of those characters is Xenophilius Lovegood, father of Luna, played by Rhys Ifans. Speaking to MTV’s Josh Horowitz recently at the press junket for “Greenberg,” the actor discussed the experience of joining the mostly British “Potter” cast. “That was great,” he said, beaming. “When you’re an English actor and you get the ‘Harry Potter’ call– it’s like Batman, you know? You have a phone, you have a normal phone, and then you have one that is made out of wood. That’s the ‘Potter’ people. They call you up [and] you get your wand out, you put your cloak on and off you go. It’s a real honor. It’s like getting knighted or something. Of course, for all of the excitement over being cast, it cannot compare to actually arriving on set. This is a franchise that’s been operating out of the same headquarters for roughly a decade. As you might imagine, there’s quite a production to be found there.  It’s such a vast world that they’ve created. You literally are entering another world anyway when you walk on the set,” Ifans explained. “The security on the gate, they have their own zoo– if they want an owl, they call an owl in, it knows the way to the set, it comes on its own. The owl has a publicist. It’s just fantastic. … So it’s very pleasantly surreal.” – mtv

Tonight, scores of readers let us know that actor Rhys Ifans announced on the Friday Night with Jonathan Ross program broadcast this evening on the BBC that he would be appearing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While Mr. Ifans did not state which role he would be portraying, TLC can report that Rhys Ifans will be taking on the part of Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna’s eccentric father and publisher of the Quibbler magazine. A rather fitting photo of Mr. Ifans as an elaborately garbed person can be seen here. During his appearance, TLC reader Neil writes that Rhys Ifans said the “HP wardrobe people flew out to Spain to fit him for his robes while on the set of Mr Nice,” a film which is now in post production. Rhys Ifans has appeared in many films, notably Notting Hill, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and the soon to be released The Boat that Rocked. Update: You can now see additional photos of Rhys Ifans here in our Image Galleries.

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has not only one of the most distinctive names in the film industry but also one of its most idiosyncratic appearances. Tall, lanky, and snaggletoothed, Ifans can go from raving freak to persuasive romantic interest in less time than it takes to pronounce his name correctly. … Outside of his film work, Ifans previously served as the lead singer of the band Super Furry Animals before they struck the big time in the late 1990s – moviephone

Here is some video of Rhys Ifans . The first, The Importance of Being Idle is a song on the English rock band Oasis‘ sixth album, Don’t Believe the Truth, written and sung by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. At first I thought this was Rhys Ifans singing. That would be cool. I really like the Beatles vibe of the Oasis song. Ifans can definitely sing …  is this him? check this out!  The band the Peth, which means the thing,  is great stuff. He sounds a bit Bowie-ish.

“Shadforth’s film for “The Importance of Being Idle” starred Welsh actor Rhys Ifans and pays homage to the style of early 1960s kitchen sink drama British films, and is set during the build up to a funeral procession in a northern town, with the extravagant undertakers parading the coffin at the video’s climax and Ifans playing the part of a high-kicking funeral director whose funeral it is. – wikipedia

2 thoughts on “Musician Rhys Ifans to play Xenophilius Lovegood! I’m having a GREAT day!

  1. Cole

    Hey, awesome! 😀 I guess you discovered this after reading the article you posted before this, about the fire on the set? Anyways, sounds pretty cool.

    I’m becoming more and more convinced JK Rowling based Xeno in the book off of you. And now the movie and song title similarities? You have cosmic ties man.

    Hmm, a cosmic tie. That would look nice with a pinstripe suit.

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