Howard Marks takes on landlord duties at RockNess

Howard Marks has spoken to STV about becoming a pub landlord at RockNess, and revealed his thoughts about Rhys Ifans portraying him in new movie Mr Nice.

Howard is looking after the Howard’s End pub at the festival this weekend, and when we spoke to him last night had no worries about the new job position. He explained: “Well, I’ve been running my own club in Leeds for about the past 18 months, so it’s not an entirely new experience for me to run a pub.”

The amazing story of the former teacher, drug smuggler, author and landlord’s previous life has now been made into a movie starring Rhys Ifans called Mr Nice, which is coming out later this year.

So what did Marks make of seeing his colourful life up on screen? He admitted: “It was unusual, but you get used to it. I was on set so much that by the time I saw it I kind of got used to it, but it’s good and it’s being shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival.”

And what of Ifans’s performance as him? He laughed: “Yes, we’ve known each other for 13 years of 14 years, so he didn’t have to study me.”

Of his favourite festival memories he said: “Glastonbury has provided lots of memories. Lately I’ve been going to Bestival and the smaller festivals. I prefer those now, I think Glastonbury’s got a little bit too big for myself.”

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