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Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who plays villain in upcoming superhero pic, tears into fans at standing-room-only panel.
This "Lizard" really is cold-blooded!
Much has been made of Rhys Ifans' booze-boosted confrontation with Comic-Con security over the weekend, and of his insulting comments toward the U. S. of gosh-darn A. But as the dust settles -- Ifans escaped with nothing more than a citation and an expression of regret -- some are suggesting that the altercation and subsequent citizen's arrest were a deliberate effort on the actor's part to draw attention away from belligerent tirade he unleashed just a few minutes earlier toward fans attending Sony's Amazing Spider-Man panel at the famed pop-culture convention.
"I was genuinely curious to come to Comic-Con," slurred the surly Brit, "because frankly, everything I knew about comic book fans, I had learned by watching Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons."
"I wanted to see just how much truth there was to the parody. Come to find out, it's not a parody at all. If anything, it's a whitewash. You people disgust me, with your self-important justifications for your stunted development and your elaborate, mask-ridden drag shows. It's sad wretches like you who have made it well-nigh impossible to earn a living as an actor without either making dick jokes or putting on fetish wear and calling it a 'superhero costume.' Poor Bobby [DeNiro] and Al [Pacino] might as well be wearing clown noses every time they get in front of a camera these days, and here I am getting ready to impersonate a character known for dragging out his 's's and wearing a lot of purple."
"In short," concluded the beery blond, "I'm 44 years old today, drunk as a Lord, and, thanks to this role, completely bereft of dignity. I hate you all. Good night."
As noted, Sony has released a statement saying that the actor "deeply regrets" his behavior during the confrontation with security. No such statement has been issued regarding his remarks during the panel.