Rhys Ifans Talks Love, Fear, and Wetsuits

One of the trademarks of the Kingsman film series is its deliciously sharp wit, and judging by its actors, the third installment looks likely to continue that trend. Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood), who will play Rasputin in The King’s Man, showcased his biting sense of humor in a recent interview with the Guardian.

Ifans calls the act of being buried alive – his response to being asked about his greatest fear – a “nuisance” and states that his ideal superpower would be “spontaneous combustion.” The latter is not only an odd and hilarious answer but is also likely a shout-out to the first film in the Kingsman series, in which spontaneous combustion plays an important role.

For Ifans’ sake, hopefully The King’s Man doesn’t have too many scenes involving wetsuits since he doesn’t have the best track record with those, according to a story he relayed to the Guardian.

I recently bought my first wetsuit to swim in cold seas. I tried it on one night and quickly realised I couldn’t get out of it. I tried everything to get it off – hooking it on to door knobs, sliding along the floor. This went on for hours. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I am going to be found dead in a wetsuit – what will people think?’ Eventually, having nearly dislocated a shoulder, I managed to release myself from my wetsuit hell.

There are already two trailers and several official photos for The King’s Man, which is set to come out on February 14, 2020.

Judging by his humor and knowledge of the series, it looks like devoted Kingsman fans can trust Ifans to do the franchise justice. Are you going to see the film when it’s released this winter? What were your thoughts on the first two films? Let us know in the comments!