Rhys Ifans Camped Out While Shooting Notting Hill

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May 23, 2012 | 2:16pm EST

Welsh movie star Rhys Ifans camped out in a tent near Shepperton Studios in England while filming Notting Hill – so he could avoid a long, complicated commute to work.
The actor couldn’t be bothered getting up early and trekking to the set – to play Hugh Grant’s slovenly flatmate, so be bought a tent and a sleeping bag and slept at a campsite minutes from the film mecca.
He tells Playboy magazine, “We were filming at Shepperton, a studio that can take several nightmarish hours to get to and from. I thought, ‘How am I going to get around this torturous journey?’
“So I got a tent and a sleeping bag and camped near the studio, which sort of helped the whole unkemptness of the character.”
And Ifans famously didn’t shower or brush his teeth during filming – so he’d really become the unhygienic character he was playing opposite Grant and Julia Roberts.
He adds, “Julia never saw me as I normally look so she probably thought I was some guy they found in the street.”
But he still arrived in style for work every day.
The Welshman explains, “Due to insurance and liability issues, a limo still had to show up to drive me to the studio. So every day this guy who owned the campsite would watch me walk across the field, get into a limo and be driven away.”