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|Rhys Ifans: “Everyone has a little smoke once in awhile, you know. It’s one of life’s little pleasures.”|
Actor Rhys Ifans, star of Notting Hill and the upcoming Mr Nice, has backed the legalization of cannabis in the U.K., calling it “one of life’s little pleasures.”
Ifans, who portrays his friend, drug smuggler Howard Marks, in Mr Nice, said he had smoked pot with Marks before, reports the London Evening Standard.
“In the past we have had a little smoke, the odd toke,” Ifans said in an interview with the Standard. “I didn’t inhale, though. Howard still has a smoke. Everyone has a little smoke once in awhile, you know. It’s one of life’s little pleasures.”
Ifans publicly defended his belief that marijuana should be decriminalized.
“You look at any culture and prohibition has invariably been an unmitigated failure,” Ifans said. “It is just idiotic to criminalize any substance, I think. It needs to be controlled, managed.”
“It is not going to go away,” Ifans said. “The War On Drugs is being lost on a daily basis.”
Ifans, 43, who is slated to appear in the as-yet unnamed upcoming Spiderman Reboot film, is also soon to appear as Xenophilius Lovegood in the final installment of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, reports Lee at Celebrities With Diseases.
Ifans first became a public figure as, briefly, lead singer for the Welsh indie-flavored head music band Super Furry Animals, before they found mass success.