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Watch: The ‘lost’ Twin Town scene which explains what happened next

24 Mar 2024 3 minute read
The Lewis Twins (Rhys and Llyr Ifans) in the ‘lost’ Twin Town scene

David Owens

When Twin Town was released its anarchic, breakneck scenes and darkly twisted comic plot grabbed everyone’s attention.

It made a star of Rhys Ifans, in his first major film role, and two and a half decades later it remains one of the great Welsh movies.

The film also had a stellar Welsh cast including Ifans (Jeremy Lewis), his brother (on screen and in real life) Llyr Evans (Julian Lewis), Huw Ceredig as the twins’ dad Fatty Lewis, Port Talbot born Di Botcher as mum, Jean Lewis, William Thomas as Bryn Cartwright and Sue Roderick as Lucy Cartwright.

Recently special 25th anniversary screenings of the cult classic, followed by Q&As with director Kevin Allen, have been held at venues across Wales to great demand.

It was at one of these screenings at The Coliseum in Aberdare where the director revealed there was a scene that confirmed where the Lewis Twins had ended up.

It’s always been open to interpretation what the twins did next after they sailed into the distance in the famous closing scene where several Welsh male voice choirs belt out the Welsh hymn Myfanwy.

The director explained the destination of the twins was resolved in a specially recorded scene for the US laser disc and VHS release of the movie.

Given it was only available on a US release of the movie and that the laser disc and VHS are now pretty much obsolete, the scene lay unwatched for decades until one diligent fan uploaded it to YouTube.

Director Kevin Allen (as a Moroccan jailer) with the Lewis twins

The scene shows Jeremy and Julian incarcerated in a Moroccan prison for unstated misdemeanours (probably stealing a two tone camel or dealing in hashish hotdogs or something) and in keeping with their tradition of loving a good quiz question – they are debating how many Swanseas there are in America.

Then in what can only be described as an unexpected jumping the shark moment in bursts a Welsh speaking guard, played by Kevin Allen himself, who informs the twins they are being released.

The fourth wall is well and truly broken when they start a debate about whether an American audience watching Twin Town will understand their Welsh accents.

At the Q&A in Aberdare the director pointed out that while this might all have seemed a little obtuse, it did have a purpose and that was to tell the American audience that they’ve watched lots of movies ‘with crazy guys with crazy accents’ and they should ‘open their ears’ and do the same with Twin Town.

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