Rhys Ifans feared for his life after getting stuck in a wetsuit while home alone

Actor Rhys Ifans has given up on his plans to embark on locked-out wild swimming after getting stuck in his new wetsuit.

The 53-year-old star had panic attacks as he tried to get out of the wetsuit, which was so tight it felt ‘vacuum-packed’.

He said: “I was alone in the house and it took me about an hour and a half to get out.

“The thing was so tight around my neck, it was like I was born.

“It was the trauma. I was pushed, I tried to get out of that little hole, I was red, then I tried to hook the zipper on the doorknob.



Actor Rhys Ifans gave up on lock-out plans to embark on wild swimming after getting stuck in his new wetsuit

He ended up thinking that he should “go to the local pub” to get help removing the costume.

Chatting on Rob Brydon’s podcast, he joked that if he had died in the wetsuit, people would still have said of him, “The Gimp, they called him.”

Rhys, who played Spike in Notting Hill, said he gave up wild swimming.



Rhys played Spike in Notting Hill alongside Hugh Grant
Rhys played Spike in Notting Hill alongside Hugh Grant



Rhys joked that 'walking' was his new thing after he quit swimming in the wild.
Rhys joked that ‘walking’ was his new thing after he quit swimming in the wild.

He said, “Walking is my new thing.”

He also revealed that he had lived in squats for four years while in London at drama school.

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