A TV portrayal of Hollywood actor Rhys Ifans on S4C reveals the sensitive, thoughtful and passionate side of the world-famous actor who is often portrayed as a 'wild man' by the newspapers.
The documentary Prosiect: Rhys Ifans, on Tuesday, 3 January, is a series of revealing interviews between Rhys Ifans and the broadcaster and comedian Daniel Glyn.
Rhys Ifans is the main villain in the big film release of 2012 - The Amazing Spiderman - and Daniel spent some time in his company as he filmed the role of 'The Lizard'.
In these exclusive interviews, Rhys discusses his life, work, craft and the twists and turns which have led to this starring role in this year's huge blockbuster.
"Acting is a tough, difficult job, with long, unsocial hours, although it can be a brilliant job too," says Rhys Ifans. "I don't want to complain too much as nurses, farmers and teachers are out working long hours. But it is important that people realise it can be pretty tough. Very often, actors have to face being rejected time and again, and we must remember that the red carpet lasts just a minute. I don't know one actor who enjoys the red carpet anyway."
But Rhys Ifans also reveals how much he has enjoyed the challenge of acting in The Amazing Spiderman.
"I didn't get too excited when I first heard I'd got the part; that would have made me terribly nervous. But while filming, you realise how much of a beast this £16o million project is. I've never felt quite like this on set before - feeling the pressure of having to deliver. I know this is a huge film and that I'll have to be at my best."
In the programme, he also talks about the experience of starring in one of the Harry Potter films, portraying the comedian Peter Cooke, acting with his old friend, Daniel Craig in the film Enduring Love, working with his brother Llŷr Evans in the film Twin Town and meeting Shirley Bassey in Cannes.
Rhys also reveals his debt to the late actor and comedian Gari Williams when at the tender age of eight he decided he wanted to become an actor.
"I went up on to the stage from the audience during a Christmas pantomime in Theatr Clwyd, a production in which Gari Williams starred. I had an unusual, new feeling up on that stage, a feeling of wanting to be brave, and wanting to step out of my comfort zone. It was a moment I will never forget."
Daniel Glyn has interviewed hundreds of people over the years, but has always wanted to interview Rhys Ifans.
Daniel Glyn said, "After twenty years of nagging, with Rhys having to change his mobile phone number fifteen times, the Hollywood star finally yielded and agreed to talk to me.
"One thing evident in the programme is that Rhys takes the craft of acting and making people laugh seriously. It also shows that you have to sacrifice a great deal to be a famous actor and that it can be a lonely life.
"I hope viewers will realise that Rhys is far from being the 'wild man' dubbed by the tabloid press, and that his success will be an incentive for young actors or comedians to work hard."