Here’s a lengthy trailer for Mr. Nice, starring the charismatic Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as the charismatic Welsh drug smuggler and possible spy Howard Marks.
The film is directed by Bernard Rose (Candyman, Immortal Beloved) and based on Marks’ autobiography: a collection of tall tales taking from his childhood in South Wales, to his university life at Oxford, to his world-renown as a cannabis dealer and smuggler, and master of the absurd disguise. At one time or another he was supposedly connected to the CIA, MI6, the IRA, the Mafia, and the Mexican secret service.
If there is the occasional unfortunate resemblance to The Boat That Rocked in the trailer (the music, the period setting, Ifans getting it on with assorted ladeez), that should surely only be cosmetic. There’s a lot of mileage for globetrotting drama, adventure and big laughs in Marks’ version of his life story, and Ifans seems jawdroppingly well cast.
He’s backed up by Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis, and the film should be with us early next year.