Bah humbug! Rhys Ifans is worlds away from his usual self with unkempt hair and beard as he transforms into Scrooge for opening night of A Christmas Carol
He is best known for his wacky appearances in Notting Hill and Kevin and Perry Go Large.?
But Rhys Ifans looked worlds away from any of his previous characters on Wednesday, as he kicked off his run in the Old Vic's production of A Christmas Carol.
The actor, 50, cut a very unkempt figure with scruffy hair and an overgrown beard as he posed at the press night - proving to have fully committed to his Ebenezer Scrooge role, ahead of the festive theatre run.?
Transformation: Rhys Ifans transformed into his Ebenezer Scrooge character at the press night of A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic on Wednesday
The Welsh actor showed off his unkempt appearance and much longer beard at the after party of the official opening night - having grown his hair out to transform into the famous character.
Clearly excited for his two-month run in the play, the actor beamed for cameras at the bash, in a trendy black corduroy blazer and matching trousers.?
First posing alone, he later joined his co-stars for a number of groups snaps, after a successful first week in the play.?
Committed:?The actor, 50, cut a very unkempt figure with scruffy hair and an overgrown beard as he posed at the press night - having fully committed to his 19th century character
Men of the hour:?Clearly excited for his two-month run in the play, the actor beamed for cameras with adaptation writer Jack Thorne (R), in a trendy black corduroy blazer and trousers
It was announced in July that Rhys would be taking on the famous festive role, in a radical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.?
The new version is written by Jack Thorne, who worked on the hit play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child with J.K.Rowling and?John Tiffany.
He was asked to adapt the famous novel by artistic chief at the Old Vic theatre, Matthew Warchus.
He told Baz Bamingboye earlier this year that Jack's script is 'a provocation to all of us to question whether we are sharing and giving enough, and whether we are compassionate and caring enough in our lives.'?
In demand:?It was announced in July that Rhys would be taking on the famous festive role, in a radical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic
Famous faces:?The new version is written by Jack (R), who worked on the hit play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child with J.K.Rowling and John Tiffany
Man for the job: He was asked to adapt the novel by artistic chief at the Old Vic, Matthew Warchus, who recently claimed his script 'scratches away at dark corners of the story'
While the adaptation 'doesn’t stray miles away from Dickens', he explained it 'keeps scratching away at dark corners of the story and finding interesting, psychological emotional and political points to emphasise.'?
The play kicked off last week, and runs until 20 January 2018.?
Proving to be quite the stage star, Rhys will also play the lead in the National Theatre's Exit The King, after the festive production comes to an end.
He will play King Berenger in the aburdist play by Eugène Ionesco - a 400-year-old monarch who is told he is dying, as his kingdom begins to crumble.
His Queen will be portrayed by Indira Varma, who is best known as?Ellaria Sand in Game Of Thrones.?
Say cheese! Rhys (far right) later posed with Jack, John Dagleish (who plays Bob Cratchit), Matthew Warchus (director) and Golda Rusheuvel (the Ghost of Christmas present)?
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