VIDEO: Rush guitarist makes first movie appearance as a Scottish doctor in screen version of Irvine Welsh drug drama Ecstasy

Alex Lifeson

Screen star: Lifeson as Fig

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson will make his first appearance as a movie actor in a Canadian movie of Irving Welsh’s drug drama Ecstacy.

He plays a Scottish doctor with a novel approach to dealing with pain issues – and delivers his lines with an accent that Rock News Desk’s Scots staff are finding difficult to identify.

The movie will be released in September, featuring Canadian TV actress Kristin Kreuk and Scottish star Billy Boyd.

In a promo clip Lifeson plays Dr Michael Fig as he explains his theories.

We think he says: “Through much investigation and personal study I’ve come to realise pain in any form is the worst thing in this world, so I’m suggesting that perhaps I write prescriptions for everyone in the world with ten repeats for percocet. At least we could start there.”

Asked what people should take with the pills he replies: “I’m an international sort of fellow – I’d say vodka.”

And he recommends a fellow Canadian for accompanying music: “Well, I always have a place in my heart for the pipes. But I’d take Paul Anka, I’d guess.”

Welsh, who makes a cameo appearance, says of the film: “They’ve made a lot of good choices in putting it together. I loved the last one but this one is much stronger. Kristin Kreuk is already a huge TV star but I think she’s going to be a huge movie star.”

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